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Delhi University girls left me dazed: Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap


New Delhi, Dec. 24 -- Behind the dark and mysterious aura around Anurag Kashyap is a humble, good-humoured guy. The 42-year-old filmmaker, who visited HT House for HT City's Stars in the City to meet and greet fans, says Delhi came as a big cultural change for him when he came to study here.

Kashyap admits that his first day in Hansraj College (Delhi University) was more than just a welcome change from his childhood in Gorakhpur.

"Oh, it was an embarrassing moment. I was in a boys' school throughout my life. And here I was, in Delhi University, in a co-ed college. And by some chance, in 1989, there were the most beautiful girls in Hansraj. I was in a daze. It was also the first time I was finally out of a school uniform. I was wearing a red T-shirt and blue pants. I remember I had lost my voice and was very conscious about the oil in my hair. It was coconut oil, and everyone made fun of my hair," he said, and went on to give us some interesting gossip about the student lives of his industry friends, director Imtiaz Ali and actor Arjun Rampal, who were in college around the same time.

"Imtiaz was directing plays, writing plays - so he was pretty famous. Arjun, on the other hand, was this simple and shy boy. We all hated him because he took all our girlfriends away!" he said, recalling that because of sheer jealousy, he convinced Ram Gopal Verma to not cast him in his film. "There was this girl I liked. And the next day I see Arjun dating her. I was angry, you know. So years later after I wrote Satya for Ram Gopal Varma, he told me that he was going to launch Arjun Rampal in Mast. So I told him he's a bad actor and that's how the film finally went to Aftab Shivdasani. And then, years later, I told Arjun the entire story and said 'I am sorry I did this to you'," he revealed, laughing.