Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama
A film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.
Aaj Anurag ke paas bangla hai (a duplex to be precise), gadi hai (a recently bought Mahindra XUV, his first car, which his brother Abhinav Kashyap teases him about - 'Class nahi hai tere paas,' he chides) aur biwi bhi hai. But mention his tales of epic struggle and he says, "Who doesn't struggle? People just love these stories. Those were the fun days. And those are the experiences that I borrow from now. If Paanch (the first movie he made in 2000, but which didn't get any backers and still remains unreleased) had been released, I wouldn't have been half of what I am today." He then started work on Gulal, completed the script in 2002 and the film in 2008, but nobody wanted to distribute it. He finally got it released only after the success of Dev D in 2009. For seven years, he struggled to get his 'stuck' films released. Alongside Gulal, Kashyap worked on Black Friday, which too got mired in legal hassles and released only in 2007, after being blocked for two years. It was his first release, but the third film he had directed. "People believed I was jinxed. I had to sit on Shani pujas only to give people around me some peace, even though I didn't believe in any of it," he recalls without a trace of residual hurt. When Black Friday released, it got tremendous critical acclaim. That was when people in the industry started warming up to him. Dev D became a critical and commercial success. It still remains a cult classic for the Kashyap fan club. This was the film that made India sit up and take notice of this director who could give an old tale of love and loss a gritty touch - his Dev was a b*****d, and no one was supposed to feel sad for him. Then there was the over-indulgent No Smoking, which left most people wondering what they'd just seen, and the not-so-great That Girl in Yellow Boots. Eventually he released Gulal in 2009. The film earned rave reviews. Critics called it 'compelling.' 'Trust Anurag to give something different' and 'courageous,' they said. He'd had his revenge.
I want to go to Dubai!
Bashir Khan: But how'll you go without your Passsport?
Badshah Khan: Why? Anwar has everbody's Passports. Am I right Anwar? You have everybody's Passports, right?
Anwar Theba: I dont have anybody's Passport!
Badshah Khan: What? When we came back from Islamabad, you had kept ...
Anwar Theba: Mind ...
In the shots showing Dubai almost all the cars visible on the road are post 2000 models i.e. the Mazda 6, the Toyota Corrola but the movie is based in 1993.
17 seconds' worth of cockfighting scenes had to be deleted from the UK version. UK law does not allow any film footage of actual animal cruelty that was deliberately orchestrated by the film-makers.
$25,000 11 February 2007