Director Anurag Kashyap shares 'scary' clip of former 'good friend' Kangana, says she's being used
In a series of tweets, Anurag says he doesn't recognise this 'new' Kangana.
Actress Kangana Ranaut has been in the limelight recently not for any of her films but for her explosive interview to an Indian TV channel where she blasted certain Bollywood figures like Mahesh Bhatt and Aditya Chopra, dubbing them the 'suicide gang'. She claimed they were responsible for the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. She also called out Karan Johar and journalist Rajeev Masand, saying a certain section of Bollywood and media were responsible for 'systematically' targeting the late actor.
A war of words broke out on Twitter post this interview, with Kangana's team continuing to target people in their tweets. Now, director Anurag Kashyap has stepped into the ring, claiming Kangana is being used and also voiced concern for his former 'good friend'. He shared a throwback interview of Kangana where she addresses claims that she cut roles of co-actors in her film Manikarnika. Anurag described the clip as 'scary'.
He tweeted, "I saw Kangana's interview yesterday. She used to be a very good friend of mine at one time. She used to encourage me by coming for my films. But I do not know this new Kangana. And I just saw this scary interview of hers, which is just after the release of Manikarnika."
In the video, Kangana says, "Fortunately or unfortunately, I directed 'Manikarnika'. I took all the final decisions (of the film). I just want to make one thing clear that the film is already made and out in theatres and we can't do anything about it."
She added, "Now people are saying 'our role was cut', 'our scene was taken out' or 'our voice clips were not added'. So I want to tell these people that, look here! The place I have earned for myself, as an actor, three times National Award winning actor or filmmaker, I earned it out my me own merit, my father didn't hand it down to me. You also earn this space. What good will crying do?"
"I also made my start with 5-minute roles. I also had my scenes cut from so many films and was taken out last minute in films. If this is my power, then I deserve it, I have earned it, it is my prerogative as a director to decide which actor I want to utilize, which material I want to use."
On director Krish's exit from the project, she said, "It is my prerogative as a director, that if he has left the film in my hand - which he did; to take the final call. To say such negative things is wrong."
"Those who are struggling should take inspiration from me. What purpose would jealousy and attacking me serve? For 10 years I struggled, so you'll also struggle. Why attack me? That's the only way you will come up. You say you want lead roles, 'Arey bhai mehenat karo!' Today if I am a filmmaker, it is by my own credibility. My father didn't make me, so why attack me?"
Commenting on the clip, Anurag said, "Intoxication of success and vigour seduces everyone equally, whether it is an insider or outsider. 'Learn from me, be like me', I have never heard this from her before 2015. And since then, it has come to the point that those who are not with her are all mean and sycophantic."
In a series of tweets in Hindi, he wrote, "The one who abuses all his directors, who sits in the edit and cuts the roles of all the co-stars. With whom any of her old directors, who used to admire Kangana, shy away from working with. This power which Kangana feels she has earned, to suppress others..."
He called out her family members and friends for not advising her correctly, writing, "By not showing the mirror to that Kangana, you are finishing her by making her sit on your head. I have nothing more to say. What the hell is she doing? She is talking nonsense. All will end here. And since I adored her a lot, I am not able to tolerate this Kangana. Others may speak or remain silent...
"I'll speak. @KanganaTeam. It's enough. And if this is not visible even to your family members and your friends, then the reality is that everyone is using you and today no one is your very own. The rest is your wish, whatever abuse you want to direct at me, keep going."
Kangana's team has responded to Anurag's allegations, calling him a 'mini Mahesh Bhatt'.