Anurag wrote on Facebook that Big B was purposely delaying the release of Shonali Bose' s Chittagong by using his influence so that Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se could release earlier. Anurag has no personal or professional interest to derive from, in this film but he spoke up, because according to him; he wants certain things in Bollywood to be straightened.
Both Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey and Chittagong are based on the 1930 Chittagong Armory Raid, and the famous historical revolutionary Surjya Sen was played by Abhishek Bachchan in the former and by Manoj Bajpai in the latter.Both films were to release around the same time, but Ashutosh Gowariker's mega-budget released first while the modest budgeted Chittagong directed by Shonali's husband, Bedrabata was delayed, which is why Anurag chose to take up the cudgels in the favor of Chittagong
Anurag Kashyap wrote this on the social networking site “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?”
Unaware of Kashyap’s remarks, writer-producer-director of Chittagong, Bedabrata Pain, said, “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.”
Kashyap told the media. “About my Chittagong status, I was furious. Some of my team members saw the film KHJJS and walked out. Then you realise what a fucking industry we work in,” said Kashyap.
Amitabh Bachchan on his part chose not to give any importance to the controversy and said,, “This is incorrect and baseless and I do not wish to dignify this undignified remark by commenting on it.” Abhishek Bachchan refused to comment on the issue, as well.
Well, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se (read review) was not really a bad movie, but it defintely had a slow first half that did the movie in. Big B had already been criticized twice for defending Raavan and saying that his son's performance was sidelined in Dhoom 2 as against Hrithik Roshan.Whom do you think is right, Anurag Kashyap or Amitabh Bachchan? ReadAbhishek Bachchan's interview where he clarifies a lot of issues