A lot of mud-slinging has transpired online of late after Kangana Ranaut’s recent explosive interview where she has not only named top celebs like Aditya Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt, Karan Johar and even some noted film critics in connection to Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, but has also gone ahead and blamed (what she labels as “outsiders”) actresses like Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhasker for sucking up to them, going as far as calling both ladies “B-grade actresses”. Anurag Kashyap was the first to tweet in favour of the latter two, and now, the filmmaker has shared an old interview of Kangana, where she spoke about taking over Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi as the Director and about the film’s actors and ex-actors (like Sonu Sood) complaining about their role being scrapped.
Calling the interview “scary” and what claiming that “he can’t recognise the new Kangana” any more, Anurag Kashyap tweeted:
कल कंगना का interview देखा। एक समय में मेरी बहुत अच्छी दोस्त हुआ करती थी। मेरी हर फ़िल्म पे आके मेरा हौसला भी बढ़ाती थी। लेकिन इस नयी कंगना को मैं नहीं जानता। और अभी उसका यह डरावना इंटर्व्यू भी देखा जो मणिकर्णिका की रिलीज़ के बिलकुल बाद का है https://t.co/sl55GsO9v5
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) July 20, 2020
In the video, Kangana Ranaut had said, “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. 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?”
She added, “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. 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.”
So, whose side are you on in this war of words?