Abhay Deol reacts after Anurag Kashyap says he was ‘painfully difficult to work with’

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Abhay Deol recently hit back at director Anurag Kashyap after he said that Deol was ‘painfully difficult to work with’. Anurag and Abhay had worked together in the 2009 movie Dev D. The film was written and directed by Anurag Kashyap which also starred Kalki Koechlin, Mahie Gill and Dibyendu Bhattacharya.

In an earlier interview with Bollywood Hungama, Abhay was asked to describe Anurag in one word during a rapid-fire round, to which Deol called him ‘gaslighter’. For the unversed, gaslighter is used for someone who is an emotionally abusive person. This came days after Abhay’s explosive confession in an interview.

Deol had opened up about being gaslit himself, he told Hindustan Times, “Everything comes with its pros and cons. Where I come from, I know I have been gaslit for who I am. You call in a lot of aggression to you because you’re doing something and managing to get away with that. And a lot of people want to be able to do that and they can’t. So they project on you. Sometimes, that ignorance can come across as arrogance and I know it has a few times.”


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Talking about Anurag’s statement, he had told HuffPost India in 2020 that he and Abhay have spoken much and that he wanted artistic movies which did not have mainstream benefits, “It was painfully difficult to work with him. I don’t really have great working memories with him. And haven’t talked to him much since I finished shooting. He wanted to do artistic movies but also wanted the mainstream benefits. The benefits and luxuries of being a ‘Deol’. He would stay in a five-star hotel while the entire crew stayed in Paharganj for a film that was made on a very tight budget. Also the reason a lot of his directors went away from him.”

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