Anurag Kashyap says he is only offered to play ‘rascals’ due to typecasting: ‘That’s how the world sees me’

Anurag Kashyap says he is only offered to play ‘rascals’ due to typecasting: ‘That’s how the world sees me’

Anurag Kashyap plays the villain in the new film Haddi, which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Zeeshan Ayyub.

An Anurag Kashyap movie just released. The difference is that the maverick filmmaker is acting in it, not directing. The film is Haddi, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role. The revenge drama sees Kashyap as the antagonist, a corrupt, land-grabbing politician. In an exclusive chat with DNA, Kashyap opens up on the film, being a reluctant actor, and more.

His filmography as an actor has seen Kashyap largely play the bad guy, whether it is the corrupt cop in Akira or as a hateworthy politician in Kuttey. And now the trend continues with Haddi. Ask him why playing a rascal comes so naturally to him and Kashyap has a deadpan response: “That is how the world sees me. I am only approached to play rascals. I am never offered the role of a father. It’s always the villain. Why it is so, I can’t say. But typecasting happens a lot here so you know that.”

But jokes aside, the filmmaker says he is a ‘reluctant actor’. “Making films will always come first. I will always be more open to making a film than anything else,” he says. So what does it take for Kashyap to shed that reluctance? He has a simple reply. “Sometimes I act for money and sometimes for emotions. Some people are good blackmailers. Akshat Ajay Sharma (the director of Haddi) is an accidental filmmaker but he is a very good blackmailer. He has managed to make me act in his film. When I am doing nothing, sometimes pick projects that are appealing or pay well. And it’s not like it’s not fun. It is a lot of fun but making a film is always more fun.”
Haddi, directed by Akshat Ajay Sharma, also stars Zeeshan Ayyub, Ila Arun, Saurabh Sachdeva, and Rajesh Kumar in pivotal roles. It began streaming on Zee5 from September 7.

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