Anurag Kashyap, to explain that “W***ya” is not an offensive word, brought a dictionary to Sathya’s censored screening, said “Bahut Bada Sah…”

Which? Anurag Kashyap brought a Hindi dictionary to Sathya’s screening to convince the Censor Board that “Chitiya is not Gaali” (Photo: Anurag Kashyap/Instagram; Sathya poster)

Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya, starring Manoj Bajpayee, J. D. Chakravarty, Urmila Matondkar and Saurab Shukla, was released in 1998. The Bollywood crime drama co-written by Anurag Kashyap and Saurab Shukla has become a cult classic of Indian cinema.

23 years after the release, director Kashyap took to social media and shared an interesting anecdote from the film. He shared the video on Instagram and said that the word “f**k” is not an offensive term, although it is usually perceived as such.

Anurag Kashyap wrote: “Bahut bada sach (this is the main truth).. during the censored screening of SATYA, I took a Hindi dictionary to explain to the censor board the same thing that C ****** is not Gaali.” He also shared a video made by News Laundry stating that the word is not offensive, but simply means a goof or a dummy.

The video talks about Hindi Sabdsagar posted in Varanasi and claims that there is no hint in the dictionary that the word is vulgar or offensive. Watch the video below:

For the uninformed, Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya was filmed in Mumbai on a £2.5 crore budget. The film was a commercial success at the box office and reportedly managed to earn nearly Rs 15 crore. Moreover, this film defined gangster films in Bollywood and paved the way for many other films about Mumbai thugs.

Interestingly, the film, co-written with Anurag Kashyap, also brought Manoj Bajpayee his first national film award. The film has inspired several sequels such as Company (2002) and D (2005), as well as a direct sequel, Satya 2 (2013).

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Anurag’s recent film AK Vs AK released on Netflix received a lot of positive feedback from critics and viewers. Now he is preparing the next Dobaara release starring Taapsee Pannu.

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