Anurag Kashyap wasn’t the first choice to direct ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’

The Dev.D director’s gangster flick is making waves at all prestigious film festivals and is being loved by the audiences, but surprisingly, he wasn’t the first one to be approached to make this one!

Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious gangster flick set against the backdrop of the coal mafia of Dhanbad has managed to impress everyone at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. The Manoj Bajpayee-Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer has made a place for itself in the top films list at the fest. Kashyap, who has been mentoring young filmmakers, maintains that he is a ‘lucky producer’, as he gets the opportunity to work with films that are too ‘hatke’ for mainstream masala production houses. It seems that not only is he a lucky producer, but a lucky director as well!

Apparently Hansal Mehta, who directed the Sikandar Kher-Arbaaz Khan-starrer Woodstock Villa, was first approached with the idea of making Gangs Of Wasseypur. Confirming this, Mehta posted an update on Twitter: “Idea for Gangs of Wasseypur was given to me before Anurag. I am glad I could not make the film! @ankash1009 transformed an idea into cinema.” He added, “I simply did not have the grand vision that @ankash1009 has finally given to Gangs of Wasseypur. I would have made an ordinary film.”

Well, we are glad that Mr Kashyap found the idea exciting enough that he created a film that has garnered so much acclaim. We are now waiting to watch both the parts of GOW once it is back from the festival circuit. Are you?

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