Anurag Kashyap deletes Twitter account; here's why
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who is known for voicing his political opinions on Twitter, deleted his account from the micro-blogging site on Saturday. Before he quit Twitter, Kashyap shared two tweets around 7:30 pm, citing threats to his parents and his daughter as the reason behind his decision. Incidentally, the 46-year-old filmmaker's Instagram handle remained active. Here are more details.
In his last tweets, Kashyap wrote, "When your parents start to get calls and your daughter gets online threats then you know no one wants to talk. There is going to be no reason or rationale." He added, "Thugs will rule and thuggery will be the new way of life. Congratulations everyone on this new India and hope you thrive."
In another tweet, Kashyap went on to say, "Wish you all the happiness and success. This would be my last tweet as I leave Twitter. When I won't be allowed to speak my mind without fear, I would rather not speak at all. Good bye."
Most recently, Kashyap had criticized the government's decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories. In a widely-criticized tweet, Kashyap had stated, "You know what is scary, that One Man thinks that he knows exactly what's the right thing to do for the benefit of 1,200,000,000 people and has the access to the power to execute it."
Last month, Kashyap was among the 49 celebrities who wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding action against the increasing number of lynchings targeting minority communities. The letter read, "The lynching of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities must be stopped immediately." "You have criticized such lynchings in Parliament, Mr. Prime Minister, but that's not enough! What action has actually been taken against the perpetrators?"
In May, Kashyap drew Modi's attention to one of his followers, who had sent rape threats to the filmmaker's teenage daughter after Modi's victory in the Lok Sabha polls. He asked Modi how he could possibly deal with such trolls who follow the PM. Kashyap later filed an FIR against the troll, whose Twitter username had the prefix "Chowkidaar," at Amboli police station, Mumbai.
Kashyap is currently gearing up for the release of Netflix's Sacred Games 2 on August 15. He has directed one half of the show. Additionally, Kashyap is also producing the Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Saand Ki Aankh, which will release on October 25, 2019.