Cameron Bailey, the artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is immensely impressed by director Anurag Kashyap’s knowledge of cinema.
Kashyap’s latest directorial venture Mukkabaaz had its world premiere at TIFF in September and Bailey says his hold on the technicalities of filmmaking is really strong.
“Anurag Kashyap is one of the most knowledgeable filmmakers that I have ever seen. He watches tons of movies and knows cinema inside out… Professionals like critics or festival programmers, when they watch his films, they see a depth of film knowledge in his work,” he said on the sidelines of NFDC Film Bazaar.
“In the way he moves the camera, the references he makes to other films is amazing. Like in ‘Mukkabaaz’, you could see the entire history of films based on boxing because he is aware of it and he has seen all those films. He is aware of the voice and that’s exciting because it gives a sense of richer texture.”
The former film critic, who has also been the festival programmer at the TIFF for 11 years, says the “fluidity” in Kashyap’s cinema is what makes it an interesting watch.
“He has got a kind of fluidity in his movies. There is a constant movement and they are very dynamic films. The combination of film knowledge, the depth of understanding the art form and the fluidity makes his films great.”
Film Bazaar runs parallel to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa.