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Anurag, Arbaaz lock horns on Twitter

In yet another incident of washing dirty linen in public, Anurag Kashyap and Arbaaz Khan were locked in a scathing war of wits on Twitter. Read on to find out what happened.
By HT Correspondent | None, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2011 05:20 PM IST

In yet another incident of washing dirty linen in public, Anurag Kashyap and Arbaaz Khan were locked in a scathing war of wits on Twitter.

Days after Abhinav Kashyap opted out of directing Dabangg 2, his brother Anurag Kashyap (Dev D dirtector) took a nasty jibe at Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan.

Anurag vented his anger on Twitter saying, "Salman Khan thinks he made my brother's life, hope he does the same for Arbaaz when he does Dabangg 2."

Not one to sit silent, Arbaaz Khan too retaliated by saying, "Salman Khan has already made my life with Dabangg and I appreciate it. I don't need Dabangg 2 for that. We gave Abhinav an opportunity. Why wasn't Anurag backing his brother at that time? Where was he when his brother was doing rounds of the industry with his script for two years?"As soon as I got Salman's dates, I called Abhinav up to start work on it. Out of nowhere, he sends me a text saying he is opting out, without offering a reason. In any case, I am glad it happened now, rather than later."

But apparently, good sense prevailed and Anurag immediately turned humble. He posted on Twitter, "I wish them luck. I am thankful they gave my brother the break. I apologise to everyone (for the earlier comment). I was drunk and upset at the time. In reply to Arbaaz, the reason I didn't support Abhinav is because my brother wanted to make it on his own without my help.

On the other hand, Dabangg director Abhinav Kashyap was shocked to hear about this battle of wits on Twitter. He told Mid Day, "It's unfortunate. This is the first I'm hearing of it (from you). I told my dad that I opted out of Dabangg but not my brother (as he was shooting in Benares). Anurag is emotional and has over reacted. He didn't know why I am not part of the sequel. When I told him why, he immediately deleted the comment from Facebook and Twitter."

"I hold no malice towards Arbaaz Khan. I am grateful for a great opportunity. I opted out of the film for personal reasons and it's very gracious of Arbaaz for having understood that. I had a word with Arbaaz, too. It was a misunderstanding that is now sorted out. I hope it is not held against me."

He went on to clarify the reasons for leaving the film, "I wanted to make a different film after Dabangg instead of straightaway jumping to the sequel. I am still at work on a script. Earlier, Dabangg 2 had March 2012 earmarked for release, but with Arbaaz getting bulk dates for Salman, the project now goes on floors in December. Had I taken up the film, I'd have to start work on it now and would have to leave my script halfway. And if the sequel did well, I'd be compelled to do a Dabangg 3. If it didn't, I'd be labelled a one hit wonder. My choice was clear -- do what people expected me to or what I wanted -- which was something different."

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