Anurag Kashyap reveals he offered ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ to Sushant Singh Rajput; but the actor wanted validation from Yash Raj Films
The debate surrounding nepotism and ‘Bollywood mafia’ has been reignited after the tragic death of talented actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Everyone these days is engrossed in discussion over how ‘insiders’ are not letting ‘outsiders’ establish themselves in the industry. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap recently claimed that he had offered two films two Sushant. However, the actor chose to work with big banners like Dharma and Yash Raj Films instead.
Read on to know which films Kashyap had offered to Sushant.
In an interview with NDTV, Kashyap claimed that Sushant wanted validation from big banners like Dharma Productions and Yash Raj Films. He went on to add that Sushant chose these banner’s films over his as he wanted to work with bigger banners. Anurag said Sushant was very successful and his choices made his career.
The filmmaker said that he met Sushant after finishing the casting of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur'(GOW). During those days, Mukesh Chhabra used to operate from Kashyap’s office and that’s how the director met Sushant and told him that had they met before he would have cast him in ‘GOW’. Anurag even said that it was he who recommended Sushant’s name to Abhishek Kapoor when he was making ‘Kai Po Che’.
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Later Anurag offered ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ to Sushant however the actor ended up signing a deal with YRF. Kashyap shared, “YRF called him(Sushant) and said, ‘We’ll give you a deal. You do Shuddh Desi Romance .’ Sushant, who used to sit in my office with Mukesh and all of us used to sit together, signed up with YRF and dropped Hasee Toh Phasee, a film of an outsider because he wanted validation from YRF. It’s with every actor, so I am not holding any grudges.”
The ‘Manmarziyaan’ director further added, “That validation you are seeking, and one can’t blame you. It’s a choice you have made but you also have to deal with this. The boy was very talented but at that time, he chose Drive over a film that I was doing because he was dying to work with Dharma.”
Post, Sushant’s death, Karan Johar has been targetted by the netizens for sabotaging his career. Even Kangana Ranaut accused KJo of causing mental harassment to Sushant by calling him a ‘flop actor’ as his film ‘Drive’ couldn’t find buyers.