New Delhi, Dec. 24 -- Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap visited HT House to meet the winners of HT City Stars in the City. The 42-year-old, whose film Ugly, will be releasing this week, got into a freewheeling chat with Sonal Kalra, national editor, entertainment and lifestyle, Hindustan Times.
Kashyap spoke about his equation with filmmaker Karan Johar, who is acting in another movie that Anurag is making, his views on the Censor Board and more.
How was it working with Karan? Did he at any point tell you to direct in a certain way?
Anurag: No. In fact, people have all these assumptions about him based on the films he has made. Even I had fixed notions about him. I hated him because I didn't know him. But, when you meet him, you realise he is a man who can laugh at himself.
You have had several run-ins with the Censor Board (CB). Do you think the Board is biased?
Anurag: No. You have to understand, that it (Censor Board) is not an autonomous body. It's the Information & Broadcasting Ministry that is questioned first if anything goes wrong. In case of an uproar, the ministry calls the CB and asks them why they didn't cut the scene.
When did you get passionate about writing?
Anurag: I used to write ever since I was a kid. However, no one was interested in reading what I wrote, so I stopped showing my work to people, but I continued to write. I wrote three novels that have not seen the light of day. I don't know where they are now.