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When Anurag Kashyap rejected offer to write Kal Ho Naa Ho, offended Karan Johar, who ‘didn’t take the refusal too well’

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Anurag Kashyap once revealed that Karan Johar had approached him for the screenplay for Kal Ho Naa Ho. However, the writer-filmmaker declined the opportunity.

POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 6:16 PM IST

Anurag Kashyap, who celebrated his 49th birthday on Friday, revealed once he was approached to write scripts for many large banners after Satya’s success. The 1998 film was directed by Ram Gopal Varma and starred Chakravarthy, Manoj Bajpayee, and Urmila Matondkar in the lead roles.

In a 2007 interview, Anurag revealed that several big producers, including Karan Johar, approached him with offers, including Kal Ho Naa Ho.

“I too got the big offers after Satya. Karan Johar asked me to write Kal Ho Naa Ho, I was asked to write Tere Naam, Jism. I refused. I turned down Kal Ho Naa Ho because Karan Johar is the king of romance and I’m a realist. I didn’t want to have any problems after starting a project. It wasn’t personal, but Karan didn’t take my refusal too well, ”he said, speaking with Mumbai Mirror at the time.

Karan ended up writing the screenplay for Kal Ho Naa Ho himself. The film was directed by Nikkhil Advani. Anurag and Karan eventually teamed up with Dibakar Banerjee and Zoya Akhtar for Bombay Talkies, and Karan played a supporting role in Anurag’s Bombay Velvet. The film also starred Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

Also read: When Taapsee Pannu and Anurag Kashyap quarreled on the Manmarziyaan sets: “Vicky Kaushal calmed me down”

Meanwhile, Anurag’s daughter Aaliyah Kashyap took to Instagram and shared a photo collage to wish her birthday. “Happy birthday to the coolest old man I know, love you and miss you daddy,” she captioned the photo, shared on her Instagram Stories.

Aaliyah Kashyap and Anil Kapoor wish Anurag Kashyap his birthday.

His AK vs AK co-star Anil Kapoor also shared a photo from the Netflix movie. In the photo, an angry Anil was holding Anurag by his collar. “Happy Birthday to the namesake ‘AK’ of the OG AK!” he captioned the photo.

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