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Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

After letter to PM Modi on lynchings, Anurag Kashyap takes on trolls

Aurag Kashyap is braving it out on Twitter as trolls attack him over the letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi where 49 celebrities have sought stricter punishment for hate crimes and lynchings.

bollywood Updated: Jul 29, 2019 16:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Anurag Kashyap has always been vocal about his views on socio-political scenario in the society.
Anurag Kashyap has always been vocal about his views on socio-political scenario in the society.

Ever since his name surfaced on the letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi , expressing concerns over instances of mob violence in the country, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has been facing a lot of backlash from trolls on Twitter and he has been taking the time to respond to almost every tweet put out to him on the issue.

In one his recent tweets, Anurag wrote, “I may not be talented, but I am also not dis-ilussioned. Please respond to our letter. Will accept if I am wrong, but I don’t think I am wrong. People have shared a few facts and I am trying to verify them. I apologise if I have hurt you.” He was responding to a tweet that said, “You think you are talented but you are not, you are simply a culturre-less, mannerless man. I am the real leftist, I do not have money and cannot meet you in five star hotels in Delhi or Mumbai, neither will you come to my village, else I’d have given the perfect response to your letter.”


It all began when 49 artists and professionals wrote an open letter to the PM, asking him to institute exemplary punishment for the perpetrators of such crimes. “The lynching of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities must be stopped immediately,” the letter said.

Signatories to the letter include filmmakers Adoor Gopalkrishnan, Aparna Sen, Mani Ratnam, Shyam Benegal, Ketan Mehta, Gautam Ghose; actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Revathy Asha; author Amit Chaudhuri; historians and academics Ashis Nandy, Sumit Sarkar, Tanika Sarkar, Partha Chatterjee, Ramchandra Guha and singer Shubha Mudgal.

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He is also being targeted with abusive language and he replies to them like a boss. When one user abused him and asked to “keep the lowly language” restricted to his films, Anurag wrote, “I did not know what is good language, just saw it.”

When one tweet accused him saying, “anuragkashyap72 might be hoping to get the 72 virgins with his support, In his afterlife, hence this Twitter I’d with 72,” the filmmaker was humble enough to simply reply, “That’s the year of my birth sir .” 

In response to the letter, 62 celebrities, including Kangana Ranaut and writer-lyricist Prasoon Joshi, shared a counter open letter slamming the earlier one.

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First Published: Jul 29, 2019 16:27 IST

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