Filmmakers involving themselves in political issues by making controversial comments are nothing new. But controversy's own child, Anurag Kashyap has gone one step further and took a stand which is not expected from him by anyone.
Yes, he has supported Tarun Tejpal, the notorious Tehelka editor-in-chief who is in jail now for an alleged rape of a junior colleague . Anurag trashes the credibility of the victim's opinion by saying, "And I have seen the CCTV footage too and none of what the girl says about Tarun Tejpal is true."
Anurag posted this message on Facebook, to express his opinion on the issue. The interesting fact is that Anurag has promoted himself as a feminist for past 5 years. His films, beginning with Dev D, has feminists sub themes in them. While Dev D, That Girl in Yellow Boots, Gulaal discussed feminism in subtler shades, his short That Day After Everybody has it in full volume.
Such a comment from Kashyap was not expected even when Tarun Tejpal and Shoma Chaudhury admitted that fact that the victim was sexually assaulted by Tehelka Editor, Tejpal. It should be noted that the acclaimed filmmaker made this comment when the rape trial is all set to star at Panaji fast track court.
Anurag Kashyap also defended his friend-filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee when Payal Rohatgi accused him of behaving in an indecent manner.