All great cinema is crime genre: Anurag Kashyap

Mumbai: By the time director Anurag Kashyap was 14, he had read works of acclaimed crime authors inside out and his fascination for the genre eventually spilled into the stories he chronicled on the big screen.

Kashyap, known for directing films such as Black Friday, Dev D, Ugly, Gangs of Wasseypur series and Raman Raghav 2.0, believes all great cinema is seeped into the crime genre.

"Cinema was created for crime genre. All great cinema is crime genre. Look at the list of top 100 films, the top 10 would be crime. It's a very cinematic genre," Kashyap said.

"I have been fascinated with the genre since childhood. I have grown up reading 'Manohar Kahaniya'. I read everything of Ved Prakash Sharma, Surender Mohan Pathak inside out by the time I was 14. I see crime as a fun genre. I love the small town pulpiness of it," he added.

The filmmaker said Hindi films have rarely done "pulpy crime stories", the ones which are told with "so much glee", the kind which was made by filmmaker Vijay Anand.

This small town pulp, Kashyap said, he "accidentally" captured in his acclaimed "Gangs of Wasseypur".

"I captured that by mistake. Andhadhun, Ek Chalees Ki Last Local, Delhi Belly were urban pulp, which nobody has done before. I've done village pulp with 'Gangs'. The pulp, the fun, has been explored less," the filmmaker added.

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