Anurag Kashyap Reviews Bulbbul, Says He “Read The Script Years Ago”
In a quite extraordinary thread on Twitter, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has written of the impact new film Bulbbul had on him and that he had actually read the script several years ago. Mr Kashyap’s lengthy thread is both a review of Bulbbul and an insight into the crafts of filmmaking and storytelling.
“It’s very rarely that a first film has this kind of an impact on me. I just wasn’t expecting it,” Anurag Kashyap began his thread – midway through, he names some other first films that were similarly impactful, among them Court, Ship Of Theseus, Udaan, Masaan and Liar’s Dice. Note – separate thread on first films coming soon since the comments section has been flooded with responses asking Anurag Kashyap why he missed out such and such film (Sairat cropped up).
Back to Bulbbul. When Anurag Kashyap read the script – he still has it in his mailbox – he didn’t visualise the film that it eventually became. “It had the vision, it had everything that’s in the film but it still wasn’t this what I saw,” he wrote. Very rarely does the first cut of a film have the sort of impact that the final film delivers, Mr Kashyap wrote, adding that this was the case with his own seminal works such as Gangs Of Wasseypur.
“First cuts are often close to the scripts. Which means the script had everything but wasn’t the final film,” Anurag Kashyap explained. Then begins the process of “chipping away at it to find the film” and this, Mr Kashyap said, is exactly what Bulbbul’s first-time director Anvita Dutt did. Once he watched Bulbbul, Anurag Kashyap rewatched it – with a glass of whiskey, of course – to find out why when he read the script he had not visualised what it had been turned into. “I saw (Anvita) take her time on it, I could feel her agony, her ecstasy,” Mr Kashyap wrote, “This is where I’d say editing Bulbbul was rewriting Bulbbul.”