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Anurag Kashyap wanted to cast THIS popular Tamil actor in his upcoming film ‘Kennedy’

Anurag Kashyap is noted for selecting distinctive stories for his films. Along with his unconventional story choices, the filmmaker is also noted for his unconventional casting selections. Anurag Kashyap, who is currently attending the 76th Cannes Film Festival 2023 for the international debut of his upcoming neo noir film ‘Kennedy’, stated that he had originally intended for a popular Tamil actor for this movie, and that popular star was ‘Chiyaan Vikram’.

In his conversation with film critic Anupama Chopra, the filmmaker himself revealed that the film is titled after a superstar’s nickname since he was in his mind while writing the film. “I actually had a specific actor in mind when I wrote this film. Which is why the film is called Kennedy. Because that actor’s nickname is Kennedy. The film was called the Kennedy Project. It is Chiyaan Vikram. Chiyaan Vikram’s real name is Kennedy. I reached out to him. He never responded”, he said.

The GOW filmmaker further completed the tale of casting for the film and continued, “So then, I reached out to Rahul. I said ‘Read it’. His reaction, his response was enthusiastic. And not like an actor. And he was like, ‘Yeh Kaun kar raha hai (Who is doing this role)?’ I said, ‘Karega (Will you do it)?’ He said ‘Me?’ I said, ‘Yes, but you will have to give it all’. And he was supposed to do some films. He gave eight months of his life to Kennedy.”

Kennedy is directed by Anurag Kashyap and stars Rahul Bhatt, Sunny Leone, and Abhilash Thapliyal in pivotal roles. This is the second project between Kashyap and Rahul Bhatt after their noir- thriller Ugly (2014). The new film ‘Kennedy’ revolves around an insomniac ex-cop, who suffers from insomnia and operates at night.

Also Read: Anurag Kashyap’s Kennedy starring Sunny Leone to be screened at Cannes 2023

Meanwhile, on 20 May , Anurag and Vikramaditya Motwane attended the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ at the Cannes Film Festival. Anurag took to Instagram and wrote, “And my Bruce Wayne @motwayne came to @festivaldecannes for #Kennedy. While I wore this cool black suit from @manishmalhotra05 @manishmalhotraworld he wore whatever Alfred @ishikamohanmotwane could put together for him . With us is our debutant producer @kabirahuja .. the man running the show @cinemakasam is missing because he was on the other side of the croisette .. this we are in for @martinscorsese_ ‘s “Killers of the flower Moon” .. uff what a film and how he does it again and again and yet again “.


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Anurag has also been documenting his journey at Cannes 2023, and keeps sharing pictures and videos from Cannes on Instagram. He also shared pictures with Tamil filmmaker Vignesh Shivan and actor-director Pradeep Ranganathan.

Suyog Zore


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