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Anurag Kashyap BREAKS SILENCE on Pankaj Jha’s claims of replacing him with Pankaj Tripathi in Gangs Of Wasseypur: “He was not available. We were on a tight budget and could not wait for him”

en Bollywood News Anurag Kashyap BREAKS SILENCE on Pankaj Jha’s claims of replacing him with Pankaj Tripathi in Gangs Of Wasseypur: “He was not available. We were on a tight budget and could not wait for him”

Anurag Kashyap responded to comments made by actor Pankaj Jha regarding the casting of Gangs Of Wasseypur.

Acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who is currently promoting his upcoming OTT release Bad Cop, recently addressed comments regarding the casting of Pankaj Tripathi in the cult classic Gangs of Wasseypur. For the unversed, actor Pankaj Jha had previously claimed Anurag had initially promised him the role of Sultan, ultimately played by Tripathi.

Anurag Kashyap BREAKS SILENCE on Pankaj Jha’s claims of replacing him with Pankaj Tripathi in Gangs Of Wasseypur: “He was not available. We were on a tight budget and could not wait for him”

Anurag Kashyap BREAKS SILENCE on Pankaj Jha’s claims of replacing him with Pankaj Tripathi in Gangs Of Wasseypur: “He was not available. We were on a tight budget and could not wait for him”

Anurag Kashyap REACTS to Pankaj Jha’s allegations

In an interview with India Today, Anurag clarified, “I don’t remember what exactly happened. But we were shooting for The Girl in Yellow Boots and he had moved to Osho in Pune to paint. We were supposed to start shooting for Gangs of Wasseypur and he (Pankaj Jha) was not available.”

Elaborating further, Anurag added, “We were on a tight budget and could not wait for him. We made the film in a very different condition and budget. Now, he may be thinking that after 20 years, he could have become Pankaj Tripathi.” He concluded by saying, “I have worked with him, and he has actually been my go-to actor. We worked in Gulaal and Black Friday. I would love to work with him again, but the fact is, he is not accessible at all.” 

Pankaj Jha DENIES targeting Pankaj Tripathi and Anurag Kashyap

It's important to note that Jha has denied making disparaging remarks about Pankaj Tripathi, who ultimately delivered a critically acclaimed performance as Sultan. Jha clarified to Indian Express that media reports misrepresented his comments, stating, "I never mentioned the name of any Tripathi." He further said, “This news makes no sense. He (Pankaj Tripathi) is a very good friend of mine. We have worked together in films. He is my junior after all. He came much later, I have been in films for a very long time. Similarly, Anurag Kashyap is my friend. He is like a brother to me. We have worked together in films Gulal and Back Friday. Why will I go around talking ill about them? All these news of me calling him spineless are all things twisted and made up.”

Speaking of the professional front, Pankaj Jha is currently bagging praises for his performance in Panchayat season 3, while, as mentioned above, Anurag is awaiting the OTT release of his film Bad Cop. Meanwhile, Pankaj Tripathi is all set for the third season of his popular web show, Mirzapur. It is scheduled to start streaming from July 5. 

Alos Read: Anurag Kashyap recalls his battle with alcoholism; Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Taapsee Pannu would check in on him: “Anubhav Sinha and my daughter Aaliyah got together and threw away the bottles”

More Pages: Gangs Of Wasseypur Box Office Collection , Gangs Of Wasseypur Movie Review


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