Quentin Tarantino needs to introduction to the movie lovers around the world. The maverick Hollywood filmmaker and scriptwriter has the ability to give something new every time he takes to making movies. With two Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and BAFTA Awards each under his belt Tarantino is perhaps the most influential director of his generation. From the screenplay in ‘Satya’ to the likes of ‘Dev D’, ‘Black Friday’ and the most recent ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ to his credit, Anurag Kashyap is to Bollywood what Tarantino is to Hollywood. Let us find out top 10 reasons why Kashyap deserves to be called the Indian Tarantino.
10. He is a great story-teller
Like Tarantino, Anurag Kashyap is a great storyteller. Their works reflect that they labour not only from their heart but from their head, too. They morph the old and create new masterpieces in the form of cinema. They are both focused and, in spite of their films being subjected to criticism for depicting the raw and sometimes controversial truths, their energy translates into great story-telling.
9. Kashyap never shies from depicting the truth
Both Quentin Tarantino and Anurag Kashyap are known to make films that do not shun from depicting the truth, however controversial it might be. The Academy Award nominated ‘Django Unchained’, for example, had racial epithets and depiction of slavery which was needed due to the historic context of race and slavery in America. Kashyap, too, has depicted the real, unclean India in his movies instead of sugar-coating it.
8. Memorable characters dominate the canvas
Tarantino’s movies like ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ have characters which manage to leave a mark on the audiences’ minds. The same is with Kashyap; whether it were the characters in ‘Satya’ or ‘Black Friday’ or the ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, each of them cease to exit from our memory. There is an underlying humor or, to be more precise, a dark comical streak in the way both Tarantino and Kashyap depict characters. Even the most mundane of things appear interesting in their works.
7. Achieving both critical and commercial success comes naturally to Anurag’s films
Tarantino’s films have taken him to a position where he is regarded as one of the most talented directors in the Hollywood film industry. He has been enjoying critical and commercial successes over the years. Kashyap, too, with his strikingly different and amazing work has earned both in the Hindi film industry in spite of not hailing from a film family.
6. Each film teaches a new style of filmmaking
Both these men are known for making ‘out of the box cinema’. They are unconventional yet very much in the main stream. Their movies are not the run of the mill commercial cinema that the industry, whether Hollywood or Bollywood, has been used to. But they succeed nevertheless for they are the best in their respective hemispheres. Also, they have managed to influence many in their respective surroundings.
5. Dark Humour is present in dollops
As directors and screenwriters, both Quentin Tarantino and Anurag Kashyap incorporate dark humour to astutely propagate violence. There is certainly an uncanny similarity between Kashyap’s works, specifically in award winning movies like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, with the style of Tarantino. The former has absorbed the latter’s flair while retaining the Indian flavor brilliantly.
4. Masterful exhibition of neo-noir characteristics in films
Most of Tarantino’s films exhibit neo-noir characteristics focusing on crime dramas or psychological thrillers with updated themes, content, style and visual elements. Unusual camera placement and striking use of light and shadow are often typical to his feature presentations. Anurag Kashyap’s films have also been modeled along the same lines.
3. Kashyap’s films have always had non-linear storylines
Quentin Tarantino’s films and screenplays are renowned for their non-linear story lines. The events portrayed in his films may not have a chronological order and may involve the ‘story within a story’ style. ‘Pulp Fiction’ is perhaps one of Tarantino’s best when it comes to non-linearity. Kashyap has shown his aversion to linearity quite adeptly, too, as seen in ‘Gulaal’ making this a striking similarity between the two.
2. The films have satirical subject matter or have shades of it
Quentin Tarantino often picks satirical subject matter for his films. In fact, he is known to excel in satirical screenplays. Anurag Kashyap, who we are calling the Indian Tarantino, is also not far behind. The scripts and dialogues of his movies often show shades of satire or are bent towards the satirical. So here is another parallel that can be drawn between the two.
1. Not too much, not too less but aesthetic violence
For some reason the violence depicted by both these directors have appealed to audiences. In Tarantino’s movies, violence is depicted in a manner which is more than just people fighting or blood and gore. It is more like an artist’s painting. In ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’, which is one of the most violent movies ever made, Quentin Tarantino mixes art and violence brilliantly. Anurag Kashyap has shown this caliber in his movies like the ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ as he managed to seduce moviegoers even with brutal violence depicted in the film.