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Aasmaan Bhardwaj: If Kuttey is compared to my father’s movie, it will be a praise

ByJosh Taylor

Jan 13, 2023

Aasman Bhardwaj has an unobtrusive assurance. It isn’t just because he is Vishal Bhardwaj and Rekha Bhardwaj’s son.
His wellspring of self-assurance stems from the fact that he thinks clearly and understands what kinds of films he wants to produce. His debut picture, Kuttey, will be consistently compared to the greatest of his father’s cinema. However, young Aasman is eager to hear the criticism and comparisons. He discusses the process and journey of his debut film in a honest interview.
What is the origin of the name Kuttey?
Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino was one of my inspirations for these characters, not the film or the tale.
Those are not the same. However, it served as a significant reference point for the characters. This is a character-driven story.
When I first saw Reservoir Dogs, I was perplexed as to why the picture was titled Reservoir Dogs. I went and studied, and what I discovered was that the reservoirs – the running streams – and the dogs who come there constantly fight amongst themselves, despite the stream being so lengthy.
That sparked the idea for the title to be animal-related.
Since I didn’t want to be too direct about humans because we are easily harmed.
When we talk about animals, no one cares.
They may learn afterwards that it is linked to us as well.
The film includes Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s nazm ‘Galiyon ke aawara bekar kuttey,’ which he wrote about the ordinary man.
When I read that nazm, I knew the title of this picture should be Kuttey.
Were there any other titles considered?
We were thinking of using the song Aawara Dogs as the film’s title as well.
But it was half Hindi and half English at the time. Then we considered Dogs as a title as well. Toh Kuttey kyun nahin phir socha, Dogs hee naam rakhna hai? Also, Kuttey returns Kaminey’s call (2009). The film is related to Kaminey.
Kuttey’s characters all have grey undertones. Why is this the case?
Yes, since no one is flawless, white, or black in reality. Everyone has grey undertones. My father also investigates such persons. White or black characters become so monochromatic that neither I nor you will enjoy directing or watching them.
Those who have watched the teaser and the film have noted Vishal Bhardwaj’s influence. What is your reaction to that?
I will be impacted by him because I am most influenced by his cinema. I adore so many other filmmakers and their work. But he is the most powerful. Because he is the only filmmaker whose work I have personally witnessed. I’ve learnt and understood a lot from other directors just by listening to their conversations. I had the opportunity to get to know Anurag Kashyap’s work up up and personal. However, Dad will have the biggest influence. I won’t be able to, and I wouldn’t want to, since comparing my film to Dad’s movie is a tribute to me.

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