By Arré Bench Sep. 10, 2020
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, whose outspoken views often land him in hot water, as often as they earn him hundreds of doting fans, has never been one to shy away from giving his opinion when it matters most. The director was one of the few who rushed to the defence of actor Rhea Chakraborty.
Whenever a major news story breaks in the country, all eyes immediately turn to Bollywood for its views on the matter. It’s no surprise by now that most celebrities and public figures hesitate to speak out when this happens — either out of fear of trolling online or that they may say something that’ll affect the ticket sales of their next film. However, through all of this, Anurag Kashyap has been consistently vocal about most of the issues plaguing our country.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, whose outspoken views often land him in hot water, as often as they earn him hundreds of doting fans, has never been one to shy away from giving his opinion when it matters most.
On Wednesday, the director was one of the few who rushed to the defence of actor Rhea Chakraborty, who has been the target of a massive vilification campaign, and several hateful messages since news first broke of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
Putting out a reminder that no one knew the late actor better than those who worked with him in the industry over the last decade, Kashyap said on Twitter that most of the Bollywood fraternity has been largely silent on the case only out of respect for Sushant Singh, and defended Rhea Chakraborty from the charges levelled at her.
Everybody baying for Rhea’s blood, asking questions like how did you know she didn’t do this or that to him?how do you what was he going through?are forgetting that the whole industry has actually known and seen and interacted with SSR over last 9-10 years. Yes we know better 1/2
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 9, 2020
Recently, the filmmaker was also one of the few who addressed the nepotism debate that was renewed following Kangana Ranaut’s claims of a “movie mafia” running the industry. Kashyap had argued back in July that Bollywood was bigger than its actors and instead paid tribute to the hundreds of crew members employed behind the scenes on the sets in a lengthy thread. He concluded that the debate on nepotism or favouritism would be incomplete without the inclusion of these voices.
मित्रों..ग़ज़ब डिबेट चल रही है।फ़िल्मों में सिर्फ़ ऐक्टर्ज़ नहीं होते।एक फ़िल्म के सेट ओर कम से कम डेढ़ सौ लोग काम करते हैं।अंदर वाले या बाहर वाले जिस दिन सेट पे काम करने वाले असिस्टंट्स और workers, Spotboy और बाक़ी सब इंसानों को इज़्ज़त देना सीख जाएँगे तब उनसे बात की जा सकती है
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) July 20, 2020
Then again, back in January, when students and campuses of two colleges in Delhi were attacked by masked goons, Kashyap took the time out to show what side he was on. Despite not being in Delhi at the time, he changed his cover photo to one that showed actor Deepika Padukone meeting JNUSU leader Aishe Ghosh, in effect standing in solidarity with the much-maligned students.
The director also made his presence felt the same month, standing in support of the anti-CAA protestors at the Jamia Millia Islamia University as well as in Mumbai.
This has gone too far.. can’t stay silent any longer . This government is clearly fascist .. and it makes me angry to see voices that can actually make a difference stay quiet ..
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) December 16, 2019
— The Quint (@TheQuint) February 14, 2020
A few years ago, many will recall that Kashyap was also one of the few members of the industry who had been vocal about the controversy surrounding Pakistani actors, coming out in support of Karan Johar’s film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil after Johar was criticised for casting Fawad Khan.
He had also spoken out in support of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone when members of the Karni Sena had threatened them during the filming of Padmavat, while most other members of the industry had chosen to keep mum.
@narendramodi Sir you haven't yet said sorry for your trip to meet the Pakistani PM.. It was dec 25th. Same time KJo was shooting ADHM? Why?
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) October 16, 2016
At the same time Shame on you Karni Sena, you make me feel ashamed to be a Rajput.. bloody spineless cowards ..
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 27, 2017
Much before any of these incidents, Kashyap had also shown his support for the protests launched by anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare, as well as during the 1990 protests against the Mandal commission recommendations, years before several of his fans were even born.
Just to make it clear, I complain because I expect my government to protect us, I question the PM because I have every right to..
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) October 16, 2016
In the last few years, Kashyap has emerged as one of the only voices in the industry who had the courage to question the ruling party’s policies, never being one to mince his words. Now as the controversy around Bollywood and its alleged mafia continues to rear its ugly head, the country should be grateful it has at least one mainstream celebrity who’s always willing to stand up for what they believe in.