Bollywood & TV
“Anurag Didn’t Direct Me In Dev D, It Wasn’t Even Like I Was Asking Him,” Abhay Deol
The Bollywood actor Abhay Deol is getting praised for his performance in the recently released web series, Trial by Fire which is based on the story of grief-stricken parents who fought for justice after losing their kids in the Uphaar Cinema tragedy that took place in 1997. While 59 people lost their lives in this tragedy, 103 got seriously injured due to the stampede which took place after the fire broke out in the cinema hall.
Recently, Abhay Deol had a conversation with senior actor Anupam Kher at his acting school and during this chat, he spoke on many issues including his experience of working with director Anurag Kashyap. In response to the question whether he has worked with directors who had no idea as to how to deal with the actors, Abhay Deol says that it doesn’t happen much but it surely happens.
Abhay gave the example of “Dev D” and said that Anurag Kashyap didn’t direct him in the movie. Abhay stated that he came up with an idea for the role based on the character that he knew. He further said that Anurag allowed him to do what he wanted and didn’t say anything as a director to an actor and encouraged him to continue like that.
Abhay Deol and Anurag Kashyap worked together only in one movie, i.e., “Dev D” but after that, they never worked together again because of the strained relationship between them. Earlier in an interview, Anurag Kashyap alleged that Abhay Deol was a difficult actor to work with, he wanted to stay in five star hotel while the whole team was staying in Paharganj hotel because the movie was made on a limited budget. Anurag also stated that though Abhay wished to work in artistic movies, he also wanted luxuries of mainstream cinema.
After Anurag Kashyap made these allegations against Abhay Deol, the latter denied them and called the former a liar and toxic person. Though they both are not on talking terms now, their association gave us a wonderful movie – “Dev D”.