Director Anurag Kashyap and his upcoming noir crime drama are making headlines for a number of reasons, including its screening at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Apart from this, the filmmaker recently stated that he reached out to kennedynamesake Chiyaan Vikram for the film. However, he claimed that the latter did not respond. On Monday, the southern star dropped a clarifying tweet on the matter.
Chiyaan Vikram Clarifies Anurag Kashyap’s Claim To Approach Him Over Kennedy; last answer
For the uninitiated, Kashyap revealed that the film was initially written with popular southern superstar Chiyaan Vikram in mind, as his nickname is kennedy. In an interview with Film Companion during the Cannes Film Festival, Kashyap said that he had contacted Vikram but received no response. Consequently, he approached Rahul Bhat for the role, who he enthusiastically accepted and devoted eight months of his life to the film.
Going back to Vikram’s tweet, he wrote: “Dear @anuragkashyap72, I am only reviewing our conversation from over a year ago for the sake of our friends and supporters on social media. When I heard from another actor that you had tried to contact me for this film and that you felt that he had not responded to you, I immediately called him and explained that he had not received any mail or messages from you such as mail. The ID he had contacted me with was no longer active and my number had changed almost 2 years before that. As I said during that phone call, I am very excited about your film Kennedy and even more so because it bears my name. I wish you good times ahead.”
In response to the National Award-winning actor, Anurag clarified the situation regarding his earlier comments. He explained that after learning from another actor that he had been trying to contact Chiyaan Vikram, Vikram called him personally and found out that there had been a mix up with their WhatsApp numbers. Vikram expressed interest in reading the script, but unfortunately, at the time, they were already locked up and shooting was only a month away.
Absolutely correct boss sir. FYI, when he found out from another actor that I was trying to reach him, he called me directly and we found out he had a different WhatsApp number. He gave me the correct information of him to communicate and even showed interest in… https://t.co/1xmImitvHY
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) May 22, 2023
Kashyap mentioned that Vikram graciously gave his blessings for the film to be named. kennedy. She stressed that the earlier interview of him was simply about the backstory of how the film got its title and there was no need to overreact. He also assured that both he and Chiyaan Vikram have a long-standing relationship, dating back to earlier days. Ourand they are unlikely to retire without collaborating on a project together.
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