Amitabh Bachchan has showered praise on Anurag Kashyap’s critically acclaimed epic ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, lauding the film’s “stark” and “painfully real” portrayal of gang wars in Bihar.
Writing in his popular blog, the veteran actor said: “Quite undoubtedly the moment of the day has been the film “Gangs Of Wasseypur” (GOW), which I have had the great privilege to see. Indian Cinema at its best, honest, stark and as painfully real as possible. For one that has been born and lived a major portion of his life in almost similar environment, or at least exposed to it to some degree, I found so much that I could well relate to. And that has led to the authenticity.”
The praise was slightly surprising, given that there is no love lost between Kashyap – widely considered India’s leading Independent filmmaker – and the distinctly mainstream Bachchans.
Most recently, Kashyap had been sharply critical of Amitabh for allegedly using his clout to delay the release of a Kashyap-produced film for the benefit of his son Abhishek.
‘Gangs’ was screened as part of the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and was the opening film at the 3rd annual London Indian Film Festival.
– Poonam Joshi