‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Opens Indian Film Fest Los Angeles

Arclight red carpet kicks off fest

IFFLA Founder Christina Marouda, director Anurag
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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap looked pretty relaxed at the April 9 kickoff for the Indian Film Festival Los Angeles, where his “Gangs of Wasseypur” was the opener. On the Arclight red carpet, the helmer said, “I just want to make the films I want and I get to make the films I want. And I’m enjoying it very much.”

Discussing the change in Indian films that have allowed traditional Bollywood-type pics and more edgy fare to co-exist, he said, “Everybody is opening up,”

He attributed piracy and the popularity of downloading films for this new willingness to accept edgy films. “Piracy is changing Indian cinema,” said Kashyap. Younger auds embrace edgy films while the older crowd still prefers the song-and-dance fare, he added.

IFFLA’s Christina Marouda, above with Kashyap and “Gangs” producer Guneet Monga said she sees this divide in the Q&A panels that follow screenings at the six-day fest. Many audience members complain at the subject matter while others like the more realistic pics.