Anurag Kasyap, who has a reputation of being a straight forward and fearless person in the industry, accuses Amitabh of being responsible for the postponement of the release of Sonali Bose's film Chittagong. The film, according to the filmmaker was supposed to be released with Ashutosh Gowariker's KHJJS.
Anurag posted on his micro-blogging site twitter, “See Chittagong, a far superior film made on the same subject as Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.. At 1/8 th the cost, far superior actors and immense passion... Producers decided to sit on it, because of a phone call from someone, because that someone was trying desperately to save his son"s career... welcome to Bollywood, where whose son you are outshines all the hard work and passion and potential and talent. KHJJS came and went, now what?"
While in Anurag's film the lead role of Surya Sen is played by Big B's son Abhishek Bachchan, in Bose's film the lead role is featured by Manoj Bajpai.
Bangalore Mirror quoted Chittagong maker Bedabrata Pain as saying, “ Anurag is known to be a very frank and fearless person. I am very honoured that people like he and Vishal Bhardwaj have thrown their weight behind the film. The last thing I want is controversy. Some time ago, I lost my 16-year old son and right now, my priority is my 12-year old son. I want people to come and see Chittagong. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey has come and gone. The story is yet to be told."
Big B on the other hand was furious to hear to the accusations. Said Amitabh to Bangalore Mirror, “This is incorrect and baseless and I do not wish to dignify this undignified remark by commenting on it."
Did Amitabh Bachchan give a phone call to producer Bedabratta Pain to postpone the release of the film Chittagong (based on 1930 Chittagong Uprising) in-order to safeguard his son's film Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, which depicts the same theme?