A few days after filmmaker Anurag Kashyap claimed Aditya Chopra was responsible for the alleged “downfall” of Yash Raj Films, actor Anupam Kher has come out in defense of the studio head. By the way, Anupam himself said a few days ago that Aditya and Karan Johar from Dharma Productions stopped casting him in their films. Also read: Anupam Kher says Aditya Chopra Karan Johar has stopped offering him roles
Yash Raj Films is one of the biggest film production houses in India but 2022 has not been a good year for them. The company has given back-to-back flops in Samrat Prithviraj, Jayeshbhai Jordaar and Shamshera. All the films were big-budget productions with bankable stars, but failed to impress at the box office. In an interview, Anurag blamed YRF chairman and CEO Aditya Chopra for the debacle.
Well, in an interview with Sidharth Kannan, Anupam Kher responded to Anurag’s statement by saying, “I’m very, very proud of Aditya Chopra. Yashji’s family is like my own family. Building an empire like Yash Raj Films is not easy. It’s easy for people to comment. I don’t want to judge again what he said. He is not the ultimate authority on human behavior.”
Earlier this month, Anurag Kashyap spoke about Yash Raj Films’ repeated failures in an interview with Galatta Plus, saying: “You have a person sitting in a cave who doesn’t know the outside world and dictates how everyone should do their movies and tell them what to do. When Aditya Chopra has hired a few people, he needs to empower them, not dictate them, not control the casting, not control everything. Sit in your office, hire good people if you trust them and let them make their film. That’s the mistake he’s making. He will not let them (be).”
In a previous interview with Navharat Times, Anupam said Aditya and Karan stopped casting him even though he was once “a favorite of all these people”. “I am not part of mainstream cinema in India today. I’m not. I’m not doing a Karan Johar film, I’m not doing a Sajid Nadiadwala film, I’m not doing an Aditya Chopra film because the offers haven’t come. I was a favorite of all these people. I’ve done all the films. But I don’t blame them for not casting me anymore,” he said.
Anupam has appeared in some of the biggest hits produced by Yash Raj Films including Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Mohabbatein, Lamhe and Darr among others. The actor had two successful releases in The Kashmir Files and Karthikeya 2 this year.