Why Gully Boy is the right choice for Oscars: Visibility, international buzz gives the film a real shot

Posted on September 26, 2019


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Of late, we’ve been hearing a lot about Anurag Kashyap. His Gangs of Wasseypur, which was screened at the 2012 Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, was the only Indian entry in The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century, compiled by The Guardian. (“Stylish, visceral film-making, violent and hard-hitting, it’s got a valid claim to be India’s answer to The Godfather.”) Projects he’s been involved with — Sacred Games, Lust Stories — have found themselves nominated for the International Emmy Awards. He plays a (voice) role in Gitanjali Rao’s Bombay Rose, which opened the Venice International Film Critics Week this year. And he seems to have a spot reserved in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival. Mukkabaaz (which he directed) was screened there in 2017, and this year, it was Geetu Mohandas’s Moothon (which he co-produced and wrote the Hindi dialogues for).

Also, Anurag Kashyap has worked with (or alongside) Zoya Akhtar in Lust Stories and Bombay Talkies and Luck by Chance, and therefore, in a “six degrees of separation” kind of way, he is connected to Gully Boy, which is India’s nomination for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award. I am only half-joking, for everything (and everyone) he touches seems to turn into international gold. Which episode of Lust Stories has Radhika Apte landed a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress at the International Emmy Awards? The one directed by… Anurag Kashyap. I rest my case. All this throat-clearing is partly to acknowledge how singularly influential this filmmaker has become. He is extraordinarily talented, no doubt, but there are other directors you’d call that, too, and they are barely a blip on the radar when it comes to Indian cinema’s international presence.

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