Move over Amitabh Bachchan, Anurag Kashyap seems to be the newest 'Angry Young Man' on the Bolly block. Though the filmmaker has always been known to have a rebellious streak in him and is unafraid to speak his mind, he seems to have become a tad more aggressive of late. In fact, within a span of 10 days, he has lost his cool twice on public platforms. hitlist takes a look at recent instances when Kashyap's temper flared...
War of words
In the recent past many celebrities have had a run-in with Kamaal R Khan aka KRK. While some have chosen to ignore him, others did not shy away from lashing out at him. On Saturday, Twitter's serial offender targeted Kashyap and Karan Johar, saying he wouldn't review their films anymore as they had threatened him against it. While KJo did not bother to entertain him, Kashyap did not pull his punches. In a three-part message, the Bombay Velvet director wrote: "For the record I have nothing to do with Mr KRK stopping to review films, I think he is sh** scared that he will have to eat his words. So he blames it on me, because it's also easy to believe that I must have done it. There are genuine reviewers who give bad reviews to a lot of my work and I respect that. You are just insignificant Mr KRK. Maybe you have lost u'r mojo&they don't enjoy laughing at u anymore (sic)."
Book him, ban him
Barely 10 days ago, Kashyap lost his cool at a book launch when a television journalist asked him an 'innocuous' question. He accused him of trying to put words into his mouth all for a sensational headline. As an argument ensued, Kashyap decided to pull the reporter in front of the camera frame so that he could be identified and "banned" at subsequent media events.
I blame you
After his separation from Kalki Koechlin, Kashyap was linked to an assistant director, Sabrina Khan. Earlier this month, when we heard about the duo heading for splitsville, we asked the director for his version. And he told us this in a text message: "Yeah, she called it off. I was busy working and the industry stopped treating her on merit and started to look at her as my girlfriend. It bothered her. She loves her job so decided to end it. Hope that ends your morbid curiosity about other people's personal lives and you media s***theads won't destroy any more relationships." This is just one of his outbursts that we have experienced in the last few months.
Why so angry, Anurag Kashyap? Pics/Yogen Shah
I don't like your films
During a promotional interview for Hunterrr last month, Kashyap reportedly said that he would never watch a film like Masti and Grand Masti owing to its content: "I don't like 'Masti', and I won't watch it also. I wouldn't watch it on cable or for free, not even if someone paid me Rs 5 crore." This angered Milap Zaveri, writer of the those films, and he launched an online tirade against Kashyap. Milap accused him of having "double standards" as his co-production Hunterrr was also a sex comedy. Kashyap, however, did not react to the angry posts on Twitter.
The right to fight
Another time Kashyap got so very angry was in March last year, when he took on a cancer surgeon for supporting the anti-smoking disclaimer in films. He was already locked in a battle with the Censor Board of India over the 'smoking is injurious to health' pop-up warning then and had filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court. But when a doctor of Tata Memorial Hospital replied to one of his tweets and spoke of the need for such a disclaimer, Kashyap shot back saying: "A person who makes patients sign a form before surgery, saying the doctor is not responsible, wants to hold my film responsible for the social ill of smoking and make it my responsibility. That's an irony. I don't want to respond to people who don't know what my fight is about and talk through their a**."