Anurag Kashyap on Abhay Deol's ‘toxic’ comments: ‘He won’t be able to show his face’

    Director Anurag Kashyap and actor Abhay Deol drifted apart after collaborating on Dev.D in 2009

    <p>Anurag Kashyap</p>

    Anurag Kashyap

    Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and actor Abhay Deol collaborated on the 2009 intense drama film Dev.D. The two drifted apart after the movie was released and Abhay has been vocal about his issues with the filmmaker, calling him "toxic" on multiple occasions. Now, reacting to Abhay’s comments, Anurag has said that if he speaks about his version of the story, Abhay will not be able to "show his face" to anyone.

    Anurag Kashyap responds to Abhay Deol’s 'toxic' comments

    During an interview with Janice Sequeira, when Anurag was asked about his relationships with Abhay Deol and Pankaj Jha, the filmmakers said that he is not bad at maintaining relationships. “Abhay, I have not met him since the shooting of Dev.D. He didn’t even come for the promotions and he has never spoken to me since. If he wants to call me toxic, fine, it’s his side of story,” he said.

    Speaking further about his issues with Abhay, Anurag said, “The truth can’t be spoken, because if I will speak the truth, he won’t be able to show his face. There is too much truth in there that Abhay will also not have the courage to talk about. And I will not talk about it because it will make him look like s**t.”

    The filmmaker also responded to Pankaj Jha’s claims that Anurag replaced him with Pankaj Tripathi in Gangs of Wasseypur. Anurag said that it was a misunderstanding and that during the shooting of the film, Pankaj was in the Osho Ashram and was not acting. Anurag further revealed that Pankaj did not try to have a conversation with him and he was unaware that the actor was upset about this.

    “I was running on a very tight budget. I had to get someone and Pankaj Tripathi was cast at the last minute,” he added.

    Anurag Kashyap on maintaining relationships

    In multiple interviews, Abhay has called Anurag "toxic," while Pankaj, referring to Anurag, said that there are people in the industry who are spineless. Responding to these comments, Anurag said that he can’t always make people happy, so he avoids working with people who find him toxic. “I avoid working with people who I think are problematic, and the ones who think I am problematic are the ones with whom I have never worked. That’s why they categorise me as a problematic person,” he added.