Exclusive Video! Anurag Kashyap: Producers exploit artistes using my name

31 January,2023 10:52 AM IST |  mumbai  |  Natasha Coutinho D`souza

Anurag and Amit Trivedi caught up with mid-day.com for a chat

Anurag Kashyap and Amit Trivedi/Raj M Patil

Writer-director Anurag Kashyap and music director Amit Trivedi who have collaborated for the upcoming release *Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat* recently got into a freewheeling chat with mid-day.com.

While speaking about their many collaborations over the years, Anurag said that many producers exploit artistes using his name. Kashyap said, "Amit had given a lot of music for *Dev D* and we didn*t have a budget, it was made on cut to cut costs. I don*t even know if it was a loss for him. People used that as a habit and gave him the same amount. I had to raise that money myself so if anyone said *Anurag gives you this much* tell them how much he gives now. The industry is waiting to exploit artistes, until you become a star they keep squeezing out work from you."

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Speaking about their latest collaboration Kashyap added, "This time around too we were working on a tight budget. Amit gives time and makes music, I try not to misuse it too much and not let others do it either. Sometimes I don*t have the budget and I approach him myself. A lot of actors start out with me and producers exploit artistes using my name. I have told everyone that if required I will approach them myself but if someone uses my name to reduce your fee please don*t listen to them."

When quizzed about one can expect more romance from Anurag after *Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat,* he said, "I explore relationships, romance is not the focus. Dev D was about a boy who is adulting, relationships, equations and lonliness. Bombay Velvet also had romance. Gangs of Wasseypur had the most commercial romance. I look at romance from a realistic prism."

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