South star Vikram on Monday said he called Anurag Kashyap “immediately” after he came to know the filmmaker had tried to contact him him for Kennedy.
In a recent interview with news outlet Film Companion, Kashyap said that Vikram, whose real name is Kennedy John Victor, was his first choice to play the titular assassin in his latest film, but the actor “never responded”.
In a lengthy Twitter note to the filmmaker, Vikram said he called Kashyap immediately after he got to know that the director was trying to get in touch with him for a project.
“Dear @anuragkashyap72… Just revisiting our conversation from over a year ago for the sake of our friends and well wishers on social media.
“When I heard from another actor that you had tried to reach me for this film & that you felt I hadn’t responded to you, I called you myself immediately and explained that I hadn’t gotten any mail or msg from you as the mail id that you had contacted me on was no longer active and my number had changed almost 2 years before that,” the Ponniyin Selvan star wrote.
Vikram then wished the filmmaker “great times ahead” and said he is excited about the movie as it has his name.
“As I said during that phone call, I’m very excited for your film Kennedy and even more so because it has my name. I wish you great times ahead. Lots of love. Chiyaan Vikram aka Kennedy,” he added.
Absolutely right Boss sir. For the information of people, when he found from another actor that I was trying to reach to him he called me directly and we realised that he had a different WhatsApp number. He gave me his correct information to reach out and even showed interest in… https://t.co/1xmImitvHY
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) May 22, 2023
Kashyap, currently attending the Cannes Film Festival where Kennedy is set to premiere under the Midnight Screenings section, went on to cast Rahul Bhat as the lead.
“I actually had a specific actor in mind when I wrote this film… The film was called Kennedy Project. It is Chiyaan Vikram. Chiyaan Vikram’s real name is Kennedy. I reached out to him. He never responded. So then, I reached out to Rahul,” the filmmaker told the news website.
Kennedy is a noirish thriller which follows the titular character working for a corrupt police force with scores to settle. The film also features Sunny Leone.