Anurag Kashyap is currently busy with the promotion of his film Bad Cop in which he will be seen as an actor. In a recent interview, the filmmaker-actor opened up about his conflict with Abhay Deol and the misunderstandings between him and actor Pankaj Jha. 

He calls his rift with Pankaj Jha a 'misunderstanding', however, Anurag has a completely different dynamic with the Dev D actor. “If I will speak the truth, he (Abhay) will have no face left to show,” said Anurag Kashyap.

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Talking with Janice Sequeira, Anurag was asked about his relationships with his old colleagues and if he is bad at maintaining them. Anurag said, "I am not bad at maintaining relationships. Abhay, I have not met him since the shooting of Dev D. He didn’t even come for promotions and he has never spoken to me since. If he wants to call me toxic, fine, it’s his side of the story. The truth can’t be spoken, because if I will speak the truth, he won’t be able to show his face. There is too much truth in there that Abhay will also not have the courage to talk about. And I will not talk about it because it will make him look like s***.”

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Anurag Kashyap also provided clarity on the matter of replacing Pankaj Jha with Pankaj Tripathi in Gangs of Wasseypur, without telling the former. He said, “With Pankaj Jha, I don’t know, it just seems to be a misunderstanding… it’s been so long. I only remember that Pankaj Jha had joined the Osho ashram and he was not into acting, he had been painting. I wanted him for the role, but he disappeared. He was busy. And I was running on a very tight budget, I had to get someone and Pankaj Tripathi was cast at the last minute. Simple thing. I am hearing now that Pankaj Jha is upset after 14 years, why is he upset after so long? He should have been upset back then no? In my head, Pankaj Jha had joined Osho, in a way he had taken sanyas, painting. I didn’t know he was still acting. He returned to acting with Panchayat. I have no clue what happened to him in between. He never called me up. I have no clue why he is so upset.”

Later in the interview, he was asked about being called 'toxic' and 'problematic' by his fellow industry mates. To this, he said, “I can’t always make people happy. I avoid working with people who I think are problematic, and the ones who think I am problematic are the ones with whom I have never worked. That’s why they categorize me as a problematic person.”

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