Anurag Kashyap – Director, producer
Arbaaz Khan – Actor, director
Amitabh Bachchan – Actor
Ram Gopal Varma - Director
Karan Johar – Producer, director
Just like his movies, Anurag Kashyap has been unconventional in his personal life. He believes in making his own rules, without giving a damn of what the industry thinks. And that’s probably why he has had tiffs with so many biggies - from citicising the legendary Amitabh Bachchan to badmouthing the Khans, Anurag has done it all. Over the years, however, he mellowed down, and today, is on great terms with most of the people who he had annoyed. But there was a time when he was on the warpath!
Locking horns with the Bachchans
ANURAG LIKES TO CALL a spade a spade. But his outspoken nature wasn’t appreciated when he took on Big B. It happened Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black was released. Anurag wrote a critical article on the movie and the filmmaker in which he also questioned Mr. Bachchan’s acting skills! The article said, “Debraj, the character played by Amitabh Bachchan, was a tad over the top, theatrical.” This criticism allegedly didn’t go down well with the legend. Thankfully the episode didn’t escalate to anything ugly but as fate would have it, after around five years, Anurag struck at the Bachchans again – this time it was both, Amitabh and Abhishek on his list! The filmmaker posted a comment on a social networking site, alleging that Big B was responsible for pushing the release of Shonali Bose's Chittagong so that Abhishek Bachchan’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey got a better profit window. Both Khelein Hum… and Chittagong were based on the 1930 Chittagong Armory Raid. And the famous historical revolutionary, Surjya Sen, was played by Abhishek Bachchan in the former and by Manoj Bajpai in the latter.
Kashyap wrote, “See Chittagong, a far superior film made on the same subject as Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.. At 1/8th the cost, far superior actors and immense passion... Producers decided to sit on it, because of a phone call from someone, because that someone was trying desperately to save his son’s career... welcome to Bollywood, where whose son you are outshines all the hard work and passion and potential and talent. KHJJS came and went, now what?”
Big B was quite obviously irked but chose not to give any importance to the controversy and said, “This is incorrect and baseless and I do not wish to dignify this undignified remark by commenting on it.” Thus they drifted apart.
It was only in 2012 that Kashyap went over to meet Amitabh Bachchan and sort the differences. He further said, “I went across to his home and there he was — the most gentle person I’d ever met. He addressed my issues. What I didn’t realise was that I was the smaller one here. With a big ego.”
At loggerheads with the Khans
AFTER RUMOURS OF ARBAAZ Khan’s alleged fallout with Dabangg director and Anurag’s brother Abhinav Kashyap started doing the rounds, the former decided to stand up for his sibling. Arbaaz said on Twitter that Abhinav had had some personal and professional reasons to opt out of the sequel to Dabangg but this didn’t cool Anurag’s temper. He virtually attacked the Khans through his tweets. “Salman Khan thinks he made my brother’s life, hope he does the same for Arbaaz when he does Dabangg 2,” he wrote. Ouch!
But the Khan brothers had a fitting reply. Arbaaz said, “Salman had already made my life with Dabangg and I don’t need Dabangg 2 for that. We gave Abhinav an opportunity when his own brother was not backing him. Where was Anurag when Abhinav was doing the rounds of the industry with his script for two years?”
It appeared that Anurag realised what he had done and he publicly apologized saying he was upset and later deleted the tweets he first wrote. He also reasoned why he didn’t support Abhinav, “It is because my brother wanted to make it on his own without my help.” Abhinav too thought all that had happened was unnecessary. “Arbaaz and I had discussed things between ourselves. There was no need for others to get involved,” he said.
Just when we thought the Khan-Kashyap war was over, Salman made a rash comment and called Anurag “darpok” (coward). Obviously Anurag didn’t keep quiet and tweeted, “Salman might not be aware of it, but I am not afraid of anybody or anything. It takes a lot of guts to apologise to someone publicly.” Salman of course thought otherwise and taunted that he makes and does ‘clean’ movies and his cinema wasn’t abusive like Gangs of Wasseypur.
The Love Hate Relationship with KaranJohar
Anurag didn’t spare Karan Johar and his show Koffee with Karan either. The fight started when Anurag reportedly started badmouthing Karan’s show. During the Rapid Fire round, he apparently passed derogatory remarks about the show saying: ‘how can you ask who the best actor is with only choices of Hrithik, Abhishek, Salman and SRK’? It was rumoured that he apparently called Koffee with Karan a crappy show.
The angry Karan retorted that Anurag may have been suffering from depression and perhaps needed a psychiatrist! Of course the two later patched up and now are very good friends, they even collaborated on several movies.
Ramu versus Anurag – The AAG
In 2007, when Varma made the disastrous Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Anurag, who had previously worked as an assistant to RGV, said that the director had lost the plot adding that he never watched any of Varma’s films because if he did, he may have told RGV things he would not want to hear! On the show Koffee with Karan, when Karan asked in the famous Rapid Fire round – “Ram Gopal Varma is…”, Anurag promptly said, “Ram Gopal was, he is not ‘is’ anymore.”
Ramu didn’t say a word then but recently he had a chance to hit back when Anurag’s Bombay Velvet flopped. There was a funny twitter exchange between the duo. Ramu tweeted, “The bottom line is everyone makes an AAG and till he makes his own AAG he will bitch about others’ AAGS until he too burns in his own AAG.” About Anurag taking the blame of a flop like Bombay Velvet, Ramu tweeted, “A director standing by his film rejected by the audience is like him telling a girl ‘I love myself and I don't care if you don't love me’.”
Anurag’s reply: “@RGVzoomin sir i love you too much… now put that ***** aside and sleep. Lots of kisses.” When pointed out that he has quit drinking long ago, Anurag sweetly asked him out for filter coffee! And RGV, in his concluding tweet, said, “I suggest that we both have coffee with Karan. And in the course of having coffee with Karan maybe we can learn from him how not to make Aags and make Kuch Kuchs.”
WHERE ARE THEY NOW:
Amitabh Bachchan –recently had a blockbuster hit Piku.
Anurag Kashyap – His recent Bombay Velvet failed to strike a chord with the audience.
Arbaaz Khan – Arbaaz’s last release as a producer was Dolly Ki Doli which was appreciated.
Karan Johar – He is now busy with the production of the much-anticipated Johar film Kapoor And Sons.
Ram Gopal Varma – He isn’t doing any significant film now.