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Director Anurag Kashyap poses during photocall for the film 'Kennedy' presented as part of midnight screenings at Cannes Film Festival, France, May 25, 2023. Image Credit: REUTERS

The audience may love Anurag Kashyap’s two-part magnum opus ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ but Kashyap, the poster boy of independent Indian films, hates it.

The auteur recently graced the Cannes premiere of his film ‘Kennedy’ where it received an 8-minute standing ovation.

Talking about the experience of having ‘Kennedy’ screened at Grand Theatre Lumiere in the midnight screening section, Kashyap made a self-deprecating joke mentioning his last film ‘Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat’.

He told Brut India: “It was really overwhelming, it’s my first film at Theatre Lumiere with 2,500 people appreciating the film. The numbers were more than the entire audience that saw my last film ‘Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat’. I broke that entire record in one screening.”

He further spoke about ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, perhaps his most successful film.

“'Gangs of Wasseypur' is the bane of my life. I hate ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ because everybody expects me to keep making the same kind of films which I’m never going to do again in my life. I want to make different kinds of films.”

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Indian actor Abhilash Thapliyal, Indian actor Mohit Takalkar, Indian actress Megha Burman, Indian actor Rahul Bhat, Canadian actress Sunny Leone, Indian director Anurag Kashyap, Indian model and actress Karishma Modi and a guest pose during a photocall for the film "Kennedy" at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 25, 2023. Image Credit: AFP

He then said that it’s this pursuit of making different films that gave birth to ‘Black Friday’, ‘Dev D’ or even ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’.

“’Gangs of Wasseypur’ is always available on Netflix. I want to move forward and make more cinema like ‘Kennedy’, which is more personal.”

‘Kennedy’ stars Sunny Leone, Rahul Bhat and Abhilash Thapliyal.

He also spoke about why he chose to cast Leone for the film.

“I swear I have never seen her films, ever. I have seen her interviews. There is a certain sadness in her eyes. There has been a life in the past. I needed a woman over 40, who is sexualised by men around her, men who are in their 50s and 60s. I don’t need to see the act of sex and all that," he told the Indian news portal 'Film Companion' in an interview. "I need to see this woman who is also dealing with it, also handling it, also using it all in order to survive and navigate. In Sunny, I found a woman who came with all those things inbuilt.”