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Anurag Kashyap on Black Friday at TEDxESPM (Full Transcript)

Anurag Kashyap

The following is the full transcript of Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s TEDx Talk on the making of Black Friday at TEDxESPM.

Listen to the MP3 Audio here: Anurag Kashyap on Black Friday at TEDxESPM


It’s a great honor to be here. It’s my first time, not just in São Paulo, not just in Brazil. It’s my first time in South America. So I don’t know where to start. Hearing everybody talk, mine is a very selfish little story, of my own little struggle.

I guess you all know Bollywood. And Bollywood is this film industry where we make more films than Hollywood does, where in India, there’s almost no literature, there’s a lot of cinema, and we make more than thousand films a year. And we don’t make documentaries, we don’t make anything. We only make fiction, entertainment, love stories, songs and dance.

And I was born in a very small town, which had no cinema theater, and I never thought that I would want to be part of the films or cinema. I was studying to be a scientist, I was studying Zoology, I was studying with honors. And there was a time when I was 18, 19, I was not interested in anything because of the girl that I broke up with. She had left me.

And there was a film festival and I went and saw a lot of films. And I had never seen cinema like that. It opened up my eyes completely, and I for the first time realized cinema is not just love stories and songs and dance. It can be much more. And that’s what I wanted to do. And my family was very unhappy about my choice. I come from a family of engineers and mathematicians. So they said: “Why do you want to go and do cinema?”, because it was an industry back twenty years ago controlled by film families. It was almost like few families controlled the whole industry and they decided what cinema was going to be.

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