Anurag Kashyap met Sandeep Reddy Vanga after Animal released.

Anurag Kashyap met Sandeep Reddy Vanga after Animal released.

Anurag Kashyap opens up about meeting Sandeep Reddy Vanga. He shared the reason behind his meet with his daughter Aaliyah Kashyap.

Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap’s daughter Aaliyah Kashyap expressed her disappointment after her father shared a picture with Sandeep Reddy Vanga and praised Animal. She recently hosted the Gangs of Wasseypur director on her podcast and the subject of his picture with Vanga was brought up. Aaliyah revealed that she disliked Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal. She recalled she ‘bit*hed’ about the ‘horrible, misogynistic’ film with Anurag and the filmmaker agreed with her criticism only to share a picture with Vanga a week later.

On her podcast, Young, Dumb & Anxious, Aaliyah said, “The caption of the post where you were promoting the guy which I was not very happy about. I actually saw Animal and called you immediately and ranted, ‘What a horrible, misogynistic movie it is and how much I hated it,’ and you agreed with me. A week later when I opened Instagram, I saw a post from my father, promoting a man I was b*tching about.”

Anurag weighed in to add that he was a cancelled filmmaker at his peak, much like Vanga is today, and said that he understands how isolated it feels. “You were much younger when your father was cancelled for his films. After Dev D came out, I was cancelled by a lot of people. I was the untouchable guy. People said, ‘What a misogynistic film!’ Gangs of Wasseypur was also met with a similar fate even though my characters had agencies. I have often seen people isolating someone, attacking someone and that is not the way to be,” he said.

He added that it is important to have contrastive conversation instead of isolating someone. I don’t understand social media, but before social media, there were blogs and I was a blogger. I used to do the same thing against the whole industry because I used to think that the whole industry was my enemy. I was very hard and angry and everything. I would talk about Karan Johar and other people in the industry. I remember, post Dabangg, I got into a fight with Salman Khan. I mean I started ranting against him. I had a lot of anger within me. I also got isolated without people understanding. Over the period of time, people started seeing things differently and I don’t like cancel culture at all. If I don’t like a film, I will ask the person my questions directly, if I know them,” he said.

Anurag also opened up about meeting Vanga. “I met him, I like him. I like the guy. I’ve had questions of my own and I wanted to talk to him about his film. I invited him and I had a long five-hour conversation and I like the guy,” the filmmaker shared.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Anurag’s Kennedy is yet to get a release date.