Vivek Agnihotri calls Barkha Dutt female version of Anurag Kashyap

The filmmaker took a dig at not just the journalist, but also a fellow fillmmaker.

Mayur Lookhar

Filmmaker Vivek Aghnihotri is known for his outright views. Usually, he defends Prime Narendra Modi and his party, but the Buddha in a Traffic Jam director has trained guns on fellow filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and noted broadcast journalist Barkha Dutt.

The latter is regularly trolled on social media as she’s perceived by her haters as anti-nationalistic. Like many journalists, Dutt has been raising her voice against the threat by right wing parties to boycott Pakistani artistes in Indian cinema. Dutt and her network has called the demand to ban Karan Johar’s film unreasonable and uncalled for.

The news anchor lent her support to Karan Johar with an intriguing tweet. Dutt said that if the mood of the nation is anti-Pakistan, then Johar’s film should be allowed to be screened and we must see how many show up. 

Not amused, little known actor-filmmaker and news commentator Ashoke Pandit took Dutt’s tweet as provocation, directly asking the journalist whether she was challenging the anti-Pakistan brigade?

Dutt was quick with a daring reply of her own, asking Pundit, 'Why don’t you test it?'

Seeing the lighter side of the Dutt-Pundit conversation was Agnihotri who posted the screen conversation and chose this to take a sarcastic jibe at not just Dutt, but also fellow filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.

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Calling Dutt the female version of Kashyap, Agnihotri accused Dutt of provoking people who according to him had calmed down after Johar had made an earnest appeal to let his film release.