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Panchayat Actor Pankaj Jha Makes Controversial Remarks Against Anurag Kashyap, Calls Him ‘Timid’

Anurag Kashyap is renowned for his candid and outspoken opinions on society and film. Pankaj Jha recently referred to him as “spineless” and accused him of handing Pankaj Tripathi the role of Sultan in Gangs of Wasseypur. Pankaj stated that Anurag had originally assured him of the part. In response to the Panchayat actor’s statement, the director stated in an interview with India Today that the actor is never approachable.

Anurag, while recalling the incident, said, “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. 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 after 20 years, he could have become Pankaj Tripathi.”

He further said, “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.”

Paanch, the film that Anurag directed but never saw released, was his directorial debut. Because of how it portrayed the sociopolitical climate of the moment and the 1993 Mumbai explosions, his second movie, Black Friday, also had distribution delays. With films like Gulaal, Dev D, Gangs of Wasseypur, Parts 1 and 2, Mukkabaaz, Manmarziyaan, and Dobaara, the director became incredibly well-known. But when his criminal action-thriller series Sacred Games debuted on Netflix, more people saw it. The play was inspired by the same-titled novel by Vikram Chandra.

The next online series in which Anurag will appear is Bad Cop, which also stars Gulshan Deviah as an antagonist. In Vijay Sethupathi’s Maharaja, he is also portraying a villainous character. Kennedy, the film he is directing, was shown at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

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