Anurag Kashyap addresses Pankaj Jha’s ‘spineless’ comment on substituting him with Pankaj Tripathi in Gangs of Wasseypur | Bollywood

Anurag Kashyap is celebrated for his candid and sincere opinions on films and society. He was recently labeled ‘spineless’ and criticized by Pankaj Jha for allocating the role of Sultan in Gangs of Wasseypur to Pankaj Tripathi. Pankaj (Jha) asserted that Anurag had initially assured him of the part. In an interview with India Today, the director addressed the Panchayat actor’s comments and mentioned that the latter is consistently inaccessible. (Also read: Panchayat’s Vidhayak Ji accuses Pankaj Tripathi of glamourizing ‘struggle’)

Anurag Kashyap responded to Pankaj Jha’s statements about not casting him in Gangs of Wasseypur.

Anurag Kashyap reacts to Pankaj Jha‘s ‘spineless’ comment

Anurag, while reminiscing the event, remarked, “I don’t recall exactly what transpired. But we were filming for The Girl in Yellow Boots and he had relocated to Osho in Pune to paint. We were about to commence filming for Gangs of Wasseypur and he (Pankaj Jha) was unavailable. We were operating on a constrained budget and couldn’t afford to wait for him. We created the movie under very different circumstances and budget. Now, he might be thinking after 20 years that he could have become Pankaj Tripathi.”

He further added, “I have collaborated with him, and he has genuinely been my preferred actor. We worked together in Gulaal and Black Friday. I would love to collaborate with him again, but the reality is, he is quite unattainable.”

About Anurag Kashyap

Anurag made his directing debut with Paanch, which was never released. His second movie, Black Friday, also encountered release delays due to its portrayal of the 1993 Mumbai blasts and the socio-political climate of that era. The director achieved significant acclaim with movies like Gulaal, Dev D, Gangs of Wasseypur – 1 and 2, Mukkabaaz, Manmarziyaan, and Dobaara. Nevertheless, his crime action-thriller series Sacred Games reached a broader audience following its release on Netflix. The series was based on Vikram Chandra‘s novel of the same name.

Anurag will next appear as an antagonist in a fresh web series, Bad Cop, also starring Gulshan Deviah. He is also portraying a villainous character in Vijay Sethupathi‘s Maharaja. His forthcoming directorial effort Kennedy was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival 2023.

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