Anurag Kashyap is not known to be a docile, compromising person. The writer-director of critically acclaimed films like Dev D and Gangs of Wasseypur frequently gets into heated fights with Twitter trolls for criticising the government and particularly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In fact, recently when director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was manhandled by a few members of the Karni Sena on Padmavati's sets in Jaipur, Anurag vigorously criticised the culprits and consequently, got into a fight with right-wing Twitter trolls.
A frequent fixture of the questions and grievances directed at Anurag Kashyap is that he only attacks Prime Minister Narendra Modi and never opens up about supposed Islamic terror or alleged attacks on state-backed artists like Vivek Agnihotri.
So, Anurag took to Facebook to respond to the whataboutery once and for all. Here is what he wrote.
"Where were you when.. ," so many "where were you when.." all of them have just one answer, I was right here and I did not need to speak up because , the people who should have spoken, spoke. Be it Zaira , when the government and its people responded imdtly and condemned it, be it Vivek's film , who had the support of the state.. I speak when the state maintains silence or ignores, because that's when one needs to speak up.. the time I regret not speaking up was when the FTII was happening because I was working with our government and I was made to believe, they are actually working on changing the situation and I believed them. I was said those things , those words directly by the junior minister of I and B and he said , you don't need to get involved, we are solving it and addressing it. I believed. I believed later too on the issues of censorship and stayed quiet. Then I was up against the wall during Udita Punjab and all of them went silent on me. That's when I saw through the method behind the suppression, and how in my unshakable faith I too was becoming a tool. That's when I woke up. And since then I am here and will speak for that , which is not spoken for. This is where I am and where I will be.. so all of you can take your ,"where were you when xyz happened and shove it up your shitless ass.... thank you" (sic)
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