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Anurag Kashyap trends on Twitter after filmmaker deletes account citing threat to family

File photo of Anurag Kashyap. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 12, 2019, 11.29 AM (IST)

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap deleted his account on Saturday alleging that his family was getting threats due to Kashayap's tweets on politics. This sent the Twitterverse in a frenzy with people starting the hashtag trend- #AnuragKashyap.

Before he quit the microblogging site, the filmmaker put out two tweets explaining the reason behind his move. The screenshots of his last tweets shared on Twitter includes the mention of threat calls being made to his parents and daughter.

The tweet read, "When your parents start to get calls and your daughter gets online threats you know that no one wants to talk. There isn`t going to be reason or rationale."

Saying that "thug" will rule, Anurag even took a jibe at the term `new India` and went on to write, "Thug will rule and thuggery will be the new way of life. Congratulations everyone on this new India and hope you all thrive."

In another tweet shared a few moments later, he announced that this would be his last tweet as he isn`t allowed to speak his mind freely.

"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 then I would rather not speak at all. Goodbye," Anurag`s last tweet read.

While Anurag`s tweet divided people on the micro-blogging site, some stood up for him with one of the user tweeting, "So now if I decide to voice my opinions against the policies of the government, I`ll be forced to leave all my social media? Wow, it certainly is the new India."

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"If someone is not able to speak his mind then it`s surely a loss to entire society.. We may agree or disagree but speaking without fear is what we all aspire in a democratic free country," tweeted another user.

While another user called it just a stunt to get "mileage"."He can go to police! If he is being threatened! Why indulge in such drama to get some mileage! #AnuragKashyap you are the ambassador of crudity in reel n real life. Stop sermonising if you cannot handle a different opinion !" the user tweeted.

This isn't the first time that the filmmaker has quit the micro-blogging site. A few years earlier, Kashyap had quit only to make a comeback a few months later. 

Earlier this year, In May, Anurag tagged PM Narendra Modi on Twitter and asked him how to deal with his followers who were celebrating his victory in Lok Sabha Polls by making rape threats to his daughter.

"Dear @narendramodi sir. Congratulations on your victory and thank you for the message of inclusiveness. Sir please also tell us how do we deal with these followers of yours who celebrate your victory by threatening my daughter with messages like this for me being your dissenter," he tweeted.

Later, the director had filed an FIR against the troll who threatened his daughter online.