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    Anurag Kashyap fulfilled his promise of giving me ‘Chunnilal,’ post the success of ‘Black Friday,’ “recalls Dibyendu Bhattacharya as ‘Dev D’ clocks 15 years!

    In the realm of Indian cinema, Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Dev D’ marks a significant chapter, echoing not only artistic brilliance but also tales of perseverance and promises fulfilled. As the film celebrates its 15th anniversary, actor Dibyendu Bhattacharya fondly reminisces about a promise made and kept by director Anurag Kashyap.

    Dibyendu shared, “When Anurag was making ‘Dev D,’ I had expressed my desire to play Chunnilal as I have been always very keen to work with him. At that time, Anurag’s ‘Black Friday’ had received a stay order, and the film’s future was in the dark. Anurag told me that in case ‘Black Friday’ doesn’t release, he might have to take a more celebrated actor to play Chunnilal and if the film releases he will cast me. After a long wait for 3 years, not only did ‘Black Friday’ see the light but also did well. Soon after, Anurag made an official announcement in the newspapers announcing Abhay Deol as Dev D and me as Chunnilal! It was like a beacon of hope to all the actors who were struggling. I recall Nawaz (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) also calling to congratulate me. Can’t believe it has been 15 years since then.”

    The success and recognition that followed the film’s release not only validated Dibyendu’s wait but also solidified his position as a director’s actor. Dibyendu has, since then, given memorable performances in acclaimed projects such as ‘Undekhi Season 1 & 2,’ ‘Rocket Boys Season 1 & 2,’ ‘The Gone Game season 1 & 2,’ ‘Jamtara season 1 & 2,’ ‘Maharani season 2,’ apart from others. Dibyendu’s upcoming releases include ‘Poacher’ for Amazon Prime, a Bengali film titled ‘Bonobibi,’ and varied substantial projects in the pipeline.

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