"This film is based in North India and required actors who understood the language and the region. I have worked a lot with Manoj and his name cropped up in my mind first. I was sure that only Manoj can essay this role of Sardar Khan but we had not talked to each other for a long time," the 39-year-old said at a promotional event of the film.
"So, I took the lead and called him and said that I have a script. He immediately came at 11:30 in the night. He asked for red wine, finished the entire bottle, heard the script and gave his nod. I still don't know whether it was the script or the bottle that made him say yes," he added.
'Gangs of Wasseypur' talks about the coal mafia in Jharkhand. The five-hour-and-20-minute long film has been divided into two parts and both of them will be premiered at the Cannes film festival that began May 16. Kashyap admits it is his most expensive film so far.
"Before this my biggest budget film was 'Dev D' which was which cost me Rs.6 crore. Compared to that, 'Gangs of Wasseypur' is my biggest film. But my big budget is still very small compared to other people. But yes, we have spent money," said Kashyap. The first part of the 'Gangs of Wasseypur' will hit screens June 22.