Poonam Singh

Gangs of Wasseypur fame director Anurag Kashyap recently opened up about how he entered a dark phase of life after his adaptation of Suketu Mehta's ‘Maximum City’ for Netflix was called off citing caution due to the country's political climate.

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Kashyap shared that the incident took a personal toll on him.

Speaking passionately about ‘Maximum City’, Kashyap stated, "It was my best work. I've never done such honest, important work." 

However, he noted that Netflix's departure from the project lacked specific reasoning. He speculated that the content he had written might have been deemed sensitive, or he had become a sensitive figure for the streaming platform.

He admitted to falling into a prolonged state of depression and seeking solace in alcohol as he considers it his best work. During this time, he revealed that he suffered two heart attacks, attributing the emotional investment in "Maximum City" as the cause.

Notably, after the ‘Tandav’ controversy, many upcoming web shows and films planned for release on various streaming platforms faced setbacks including Kashyap's ‘Maximum City’  for Netflix.

Reflecting on streaming platforms in general, Kashyap expressed disappointment, seeing this space as a missed opportunity for a revolution.

He remarked, "Streaming was finally the space I was waiting for. The disappointment is it was supposed to be a revolution, but it was not. Like social media, it was supposed to empower people, but it became a tool."

On the work front, Kashyap's latest film, ‘Kennedy,’ premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival which stars Sunny Leone and Rahul Bhat in lead roles.