In a fresh controversy filmmaker Anurag Kashyap jumping into the controversy on Sunday by asking whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologised for going to Lahore to meet his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. His statement has brought ire from not only the BJP also fellow filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar as well.
While the BJP said it was unfortunate that the comment has come at a time when the government is taking efforts to isolate Pakistan across the globe, Madhur Bhandarkar, while regretting the statement said neither BJP nor the Government issued any on the movie ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, but it has become a trend to protest against Modi.
Kashyap’s had criticised the PM, while voicing his support for Producer Karan Johar, whose film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ may be blocked from release after Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) had announced recently that they would not screen the movie starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in four states,
The filmmaker’s stride with controversies is not new. Here’s a look at some of his past controversies:
Taking a dig at Big B’s acting skills:
In the year 2005, when Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Black’ was released, which had Amitabh Bachhan and Rani Mukherjee in lead roles, the filmamaker took a dig at the former’s acting skills. The criticism reportedly did not go down well with the megastar. Even though the incident was not escalated much, five years later he was at it again when he posted a comment on a social media site saying that Big B was responsible for pushing the release date of Shonali Bose’s ‘Chittagong’ so that Abhishek Bachchan’s ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ got better profit.
The senior Bachchan was quite upset with this, but did not give any importance to the controversy. He rejected the controversy by calling the allegations as baseless.
When Anurag Kahyap took on Khans
As rumours of Arbaaz Khan’s alleged fallout with ‘Dabang’g director and Anurag’s brother Abhinav Kashyap came to light, the former stood up for his brother, for which Arbaaz on twitter said that Abhinav had some personal and professional reasons for opting out its sequel ‘Dabang 2’, which did not satisfy Anurag. In one of his tweets he said, “Salman Khan thinks he made my brother’s life, hope he does the same for Arbaaz when he does Dabangg 2.”
Not a person to sit quite, Arbaaz said that Salman had already made his life with Dabangg. He further said Abhinav was given opportunity by them when his own brother did not help him, after which Anurag publicly apologised after releasing his mistake.
His love-hate Relationship with Karan Johar
Even while he is supporting Karan Johar in the latest controversy, there was a time when he lashed out at the later and his show, ‘Coffee with Karan’. During a rapid fire round in the show, he asked how can anyone ask who is the best actor among Hrithik, Abhishek, Salman and SRK. He was also alleged to have called it a crappy show.
Upset Karan retorted that Anurag perhaps needed a psychiatrist! Of course the two later patched up.
In 2007, when Varma made ‘Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag’, Anurag had said that said that the director had lost the plot. He also added that he never watched any of Varma’s movies, since after watching them he may have told RGV things he would not want to hear. In ‘Coffee with Karan’, when the later said, “Ram Gopal Varma is…” Anurag retorded saying “Ram Gopal was, he is not ‘is’ anymore.” Even as Ramu didn’t say a word, he recently got chance to hit back when Anurag’s Bombay Velvet flopped. There was a twitter exchange between the two.