Rats in a Maze: Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday and No Smoking

Nov 30, 2017, 06:10 AM

To cap off #Noirvember, we look at two Noir-inspired films from one of Hindi cinema’s most acclaimed and controversial directors, Anurag Kashyap.

Show Notes:

It’s still #Noirvember

Our misadventures in film sourcing

Ittefaq (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ittefaq(1969film)) never showed up

Subtitle issues on Eros Now and iTunes

The failure of Bigflix

Scarecrow Video (http://blog.scarecrow.com/)

Anurag Kashyap (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anurag_Kashyap)

Paanch (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paanch)

Black Friday: The Shocking Truth Behind the ’93 Bombay Blasts (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackFriday(2007_film))

The 1993 Bombay bombings (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993Bombaybombings) and the Bombay riots (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombay_riots)

Sanjay Dutt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanjay_Dutt)

Digital film aesthetics

Michael Mann (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MichaelMann) and Danny Boyle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DannyBoyle)

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”

Understanding terrorism

(INTERVAL (“Chase (https://youtu.be/B8-32SeZSk8)” from Black Friday)

Return of Hanuman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReturnofHanuman)

No Smoking (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NoSmoking(2007_film))

“Quitters, Inc” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quitters,_Inc.)

Holocaust imagery

Dreamcatcher (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamcatcher(2003film)) and

Cat’s Eye (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%27sEye(1985_film))

It’s Abraham that wants to make a sequel to spread anti-smoking awareness, not Kashyap; Kashyap appears to be a smoker

Bob Fosse (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Fosse) and Jab Bhi Ciggaret (https://youtu.be/9pyBgc3S27w)

Cyclical narrative

“Phoonk De (https://youtu.be/GbhAVIOJ3MA)”

D.O.A. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.O.A.(1949film)) and Seconds (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seconds(1966film))

Cameron Bailey on Kashyap (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/cameron-bailey-kashyap-one-of-the-most-knowledgeable-filmmakers/articleshow/61767906.cms)

NEXT TIME: Because we can’t watch Padmavati, we’re discussing some other recent controversial films

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