Anurag Kashyap remembered his encounter with the "cute" Dharmendra and how Sunny Deol intervened and ended their collaboration on an unconventional movie.
The iconic actor Dharmendra once received a pitch from filmmaker Anurag Kashyap that was warmly appreciated, but his son Sunny Deol forbade him from acting in the project. Sunny, who at the time was arguably the biggest Bollywood action star, said that "Deols don't die," which implies that Dharmendra's character would have died in the story's climax.
Anurag was questioned if he had ever met Dharmendra during an interview with YouTuber Samdish Bhatia. The director claimed that they have spoken on numerous occasions and described Dharmendra as "cute." He said, “Bohot sweet hain aur bohot cute hain. Unse mila tha, film leke gaya tha, career ki shuruat mein, bohot pehle. Bohot khush hogaye, bole, ‘Beta, bohot time hogaya hai mere mooh pe makeup nahi lagaya. Bohot achi kahani hai tumhari, karte hain.’ Phir Sunny ne suni, Sunny ne mana kar diya. Bola, ‘Mere papa yeh film nahi karenge.’ Maine poocha kyun, bola, ‘Deols don’t die’
Anurag responded that Sunny was the next big thing and that what he said was final when asked if he felt bad about the rejection. Additionally, the assumption was that if the hero dies in the movie, the movie fails.
Anurag said in the same interview that he was fired from his writing and directing roles on Salman Khan's Tere Naam after telling the actor not to shave his chest for the part. Later, he claimed, the producer arrived and chastised him for making such a suggestion and fired him from the project.
Meanwhile, last week, Anurag's new movie, Almost Pyaar featuring DJ Mohabbat, hit theatres. The film starred Vicky Kaushal, Alaya F and Karan Mehta.