Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle is one of the biggest fans of Vikramaditya Motwane’s latest release, AK vs AK. Danny hosted a special QnA session for the British Film Institute (BFI) with Motwane and the lead stars of his film, Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor. Danny and Anil have previously worked together in Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire.
Danny began the conversation by complimenting the film. “I just wanted to convey to you what a wonderful film you’ve made. I was astonished by it… For me it joins the pantheons of great films about filmmaking, of which there are a number. My favourite are Day For Night (La Nuit américaine) and probably Coppola’s wife’s film, Heart of Darkness (on the process of filming Apocalypse Now, the only film to deserve a Nobel Prize). But this is an incredibly modern film about filmmaking and there aren’t that many of them,” Danny said about the movie.
He then talked to the three about how the story came to life, how Anurag wrote the film, hesitant whether Anil will approve of the script and how some of the pivotal moments in the movie were shot. Vikramaditya revealed that the stage-dancing sequence in the movie was filmed with extras and also real people who turned up to watch Anil dance.
They also talked about how the filmmakers roped in Anil’s family for the job. Danny was particularly impressed by his son Harsh Vardhan and appreciated how Sonam also agreed to be a part of the movie despite being a star herself. Anil said that his wife Sunita and other daughter Rhea refused to be a part of the movie.
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In AK vs AK, Anil and Anurag play fictionalized, exaggerated versions of themselves. After Anil’s daughter Sonam gets kidnapped, Anurag challenges him to find her while he films the process in real time. The Hindustan Times review of the film read: “AK vs AK is a gonzo romp that isn’t afraid of biting the hand that feeds. The film industry, it suggests, devotes more time to creating false idols than memorable cinema, all in service of an audience whose loyalties can switch on a dime.”
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