On Sunday, Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor engaged in a war-of-words on Twitter, which later turned out to be a promotional stunt for their upcoming project 'AK vs AK' for Netflix.
Lashing out at the duo for 'faking' a Twitter war, actor-comedian Suresh Menon took to Twitter and wrote, "The fake Anil kapoor vs Anurag kashyap twitter war, just shows to what extent people can go for #publicity...... the truth is good content doesn’t need such publicity ... #undekhi #Scam1992."
Several users took to the comments section to agree with Menon.
A user wrote, "Absolutely Suresh! Bollywood is acting really desperate in the recent times to gain publicity, after the kind of reception they've been getting post June. But how would they any know better? For all their lives they've been in that bubble and taken the audience for granted."
"This is how they mix real life and reel life and the boundaries are blurred, and so we are fully convinced that each of their statement or tweet is pure and pure agenda driven publicity and nothing but blatant publicity," wrote another.
A comment read: "I just came to knw this news.....v disappointed wit Anil Kapoor stooping down to such a level for his web show publicity stunt......shame."
For those unversed, it started when Anil congratulated actress Shefali Shah and the team of Delhi Crime for their best drama series win at the 48th International Emmy Awards.
"I've said it once and I'll say it again because they absolutely deserve it! Congratulations to the #DelhiCrime team! Nice to finally see more of our people get international recognition. @ShefaliShah_#WelcomeToHollywood," he wrote.
Anurag jumped into the wagon and wrote: "Nice to see some deserving people get international recognition. Waise, aapka Oscar kidhar hain (Where is your Oscar)? No? Achha... nomination?"
Anil replied: "The closest you have come to an Oscar is watching Slumdog Millionaire win Oscars on TV. #TumseNaHoPayega."
Taking a cryptic jibe about "Slumdog Millionaire", which was originally offered to Shah Rukh Khan, who turned it down, Anurag said: "Says the k-k-k-ing of hand-me-down films. Weren't you the second choice for this film also?"
Anil said he doesn't care.
"Hand-me-down or pick-me-up: I don't care. Work is work. Tumhare jaise kaam dhoondte waqt baal toh nahi nochne padte (At least I don't have to tear my hair looking for work). #actorlife."
To which Anurag said: "Sir, you don't talk about hair. Aapko toh apne baal ke dum pe roles milte hain (You get roles only because of your hair). #BaalBaalBaloo #TheJungleLife."
Anil replied saying that one requires skills to have a four-decade-long career in films.
"Beta, you need serious skills to have a career like mine. Aise hi nahi chal rahi humari gaadi 40 saal se (There is a reason why my engine has been running for the last 40 years). #TheRealAK."
Sharing posters of Anil's recent films, Anurag wrote, "Sir har 40 saal purani gaadi ko vintage nahi kehte. Kuch ko khatara bhi kehte hain (Sir, not every old car is called vintage. Some are just junk). #retirementcalling."
"Abe meri gaadi 40 saal chali toh chali, teri toh abhi tak garage se hi nahi nikli hai (At least my car has been running for 40 years, yours is yet to come out of the garage). #thenationhasspoken," Anil wrote.
Anurag wrote, "Agar gaadi Race 3 ki ho toh (If it is the Race 3 car, then) it's better that it stays in the garage only. #havemercy."
(With inputs from IANS)