Pankaj Jha takes a dig at Anurag Kashyap for being removed from 'Gangs of Wasseypur', calls him a coward

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Pankaj Jha gained a lot of popularity by playing the role of MLA in the web series 'Panchayat'. The way his sharp words and attitude were seen causing trouble for Phulera village in the series. In the same way, in real life too, he is making headlines with his views. He has targeted Anurag Kashyap in an interview and has said a lot to him. As it is well known that Anurag Kashyap directed 'Gangs of Wasseypur' is one of the best films of his career. It was released in two parts. From Manoj Bajpayee to Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Pankaj Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Rajkumar Rao and many other actors were seen in it. Pankaj Tripathi was also in it, who played the character of Sultan Qureshi. However, he was not the first choice for this character. Rather Pankaj Jha i.e. was the MLA of 'Panchayat'.

Pankaj Jha in 'Gangs of Wasseypur'

There were some talks that Pankaj Jha was removed and Pankaj Tripathi was cast. Now the actor has taken a dig at Anurag Kashyap while talking about this. He spoke in a podcast with Digital Commentary. Pankaj Jha was asked whether replacing him from 'Gangs of Wasseypur' was a part of politics. And if he had got work in this film, would his career graph have been different?

Pankaj Jha spoke on not getting 'Gangs of Wasseypur'

In response to this question, the actor said, 'I have nothing to do with the politics that happens behind my back. The person who does this wins only when it harms me. People who do politics behind someone's back are usually cowards, right? Otherwise, they would have come forward and stood up.'

Pankaj Jha took a dig at Anurag Kashyap

Pankaj Jha has worked with Anurag Kashyap in the films 'Gulaal' and 'Black Friday'. When asked how the 'Gangs of Wasseypur' incident affected his relationship with the filmmaker, he described himself as an 'actor turned director'. He also called Anurag a 'coward' and 'weak'.

What did Pankaj Jha say about Anurag Kashyap?

About Anurag Kashyap, the actor said, 'When films like Satya and Gulaal can make actors, then they can also make directors. But there are so many timid and spineless people here that they are unable to speak their mind. However, later I came to know that the director himself was also in a bad condition. He himself was not getting any work and he was working on 36 different projects.'

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