"Called You Myself...": Vikram Clarifies Not Responding To Anurag Kashyap's Call For 'Kennedy' Movie

Actor Vikram issued a clarification, saying he had called Anurag Kashyap over a year ago regarding 'Kennedy' and also explained how he "hadn’t gotten any mail or message” from the director.

Entertainment Desk
Written By: Entertainment Desk
Updated: May 23, 2023 | 10:30 IST
Vikram and Anurag Kashyap
Actor Vikram issued a clarification, saying he had called Anurag Kashyap over a year ago.

'The Gangs of Wasseypur' director Anurag Kashyap is currently at Cannes 2023 for the premiere of his upcoming movie titled 'Kennedy' starring Rahul Bhat and Sunny Leone. Ahead of the premiere, Anurag Kashyap, in an interview with Film Companion, had revealed that he had written the character named Kennedy keeping actor Vikram in mind. However, he did not respond to his messages and hence Rahul Bhat was brought on board.

In the latest entertainment news, actor Vikram has now issued a clarification, saying he had called Anurag Kashyap over a year ago and also explained how he "hadn’t gotten any mail or message” from the director.

“Dear @anuragkashyap72 , Just revisiting our conversation from over a year ago for the sake of our friends and well wishers on social media. When I heard from another actor that you had tried to reach me for this film & that you felt I hadn’t responded to you, I called you myself immediately and explained that I hadn’t gotten any mail or msg from you as the mail id that you had contacted me on was no longer active and my number had changed almost 2 years before that," Vikram tweeted. 

"As I said during that phone call, I’m very excited for your film Kennedy and even more so because it has my name. I wish you great times ahead," he added.

On this clarification, even Anurag Kashyap responded, saying there is no need for people to overreact.

“Absolutely right Boss sir. For the information of people, when he found from another actor that I was trying to reach to him he called me directly and we realised that he had a different WhatsApp number. He gave me his correct information to reach out and even showed interest in reading the script but by then we were all locked and a month away from shooting. He also graciously blessed us to use the name ‘Kennedy’ for the film. What I stated in the interview was the story behind, how the film got to be called Kennedy. There is no need for any overreaction. And definitely I think neither Chiyaan sir or I am retiring without working together. FYI we go back to pre Sethu days," Anurag Kashyap tweeted.

Earlier, while speaking with Film Companion about 'Kennedy', Anurag Kashyap had said: "I only cast people who are totally available and who will give everything. I did not write Kennedy for Rahul Bhat. I had a specific actor in mind when I wrote this script, which is why the film was called Kennedy Project. It was Chiyaan Vikram. His real name is Kennedy (Kennedy John Victor). I reached out to him, but he never responded.”

For the unversed, 'Kennedy' will be showcased under the Midnight Screenings section of the Cannes Film Festival 2023.

Talking about Vikram, the actor was last seen in Mani Ratnam's 'Ponniyin Selvan 2'.

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