Mud-slinging gossip floating about Anurag Kashyap

Every great director has a back-lash coming his way once he is successful. Being a strong supporter and ardent fan of Anurag Kashyap’s films, it’s hard to accept the unsavoury and malicious gossip circulating about him. Read on, and you will realize there is no truth to it.

It is him who has been proclaiming this from every available forum. A few years back while imparting valuable and treasure-worthy gyan to a film festival crowd he disclosed this important guru-mantra. He repeated the same thing again in one of the sessions on the second day of FICCI Frames 2012 that was also addressed by the other ‘new-age’ star directors of Bollywood Imtiaz AliZoya AkhtarDibakar Banerjee, and Amol Gupte.

Kashyap’s modus-operandi is very simple. He tells his producers the story that they like and goes ahead and makes the film he likes. This probably was the reason Kumar Mangat, the producer of NO SMOKING, believed the film was against the lethal cancer-causing habit. It finally turned out to be Kashyap’s existential magnum opus, incomprehensible and intractable even by a learned film reviewer like the late Nikhat Kazmi. And probably this could be the reason the ace director has not been able to get around Aamir Khan who tends to leave nothing to chance while doing a film and has the meticulous habit of interviewing and hand-picking even his production crew.

Some years back Kashyap had prematurely announced that Aamir would do his Danny Boyle produced film BOMBAY VELVET. It did not happen and the film, according to reports, is finally being made with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead. One wonders if Kashyap has some surprises in store for Mr. Boyle too.

Daughter Shabana Azmi’s tribute to her legendary father Kaifi Azmi

On the occasion of legendary lyricist and poet Kaifi Azmi’s 90th birth anniversary – 14th January; Saregama, India’s flagship music and entertainment Company along with the talented actress and a proud daughter, Shabana Azmi presents handpicked melodies of the maestro as LEGENDS – KAIFI AZMI, a milestone collection.


The album was launched at Hotel Novotel Mumbai by Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor along with Mr. Adarsh Gupta, Business Head, Saregama India Ltd.,  Honoured guests for the evening was Khaiyyaam Saab, Javed Akhtar,Baba Azmi, Tanvi Azmi,  Ila Arun, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Shaad Ali.

Aryeman Raj