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The acclaimed director, Anurag Kashyap have released his new movie last Friday. Though the movie has got many positive reviews and doing steady amount of business in the box office as well but after the movie, ‘Manmarziyaan’ released some of the controversies engulfed the movie.
The Sikh community got angry with the Sikh’s portrayal in the film and to get away from the controversy, the producers removed the smoking scenes in the film. This step of the producers made Anurag Kashyap extremely angry seeing that two involving Sikhs smoking were deleted from his latest movie ‘Manmarziyaan’ and that too without the director’s permission or knowledge.
Members of the Sikh community in Ambala expressed their displeasure over the smoking scenes in the movie. As per reports, a petition was also filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday by the Sikh organisation about the same.
In all his frustration, Anurag tweeted "Hereby all problems of Punjab are solved and Sikh youth have been saved. Happy to be back in La la land again. Next time you are threatened by a film please call Kishore Lulla directly... Eros knows how to solve matters in minutes."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Before my tweet is taken down -Congratulations . Here by all problems of Punjab are solved and Sikh youth have been saved . Happy to be back in LaLa land again. Next time you are threatened by a film please call Kishore Lulla directly on Eros knows how to solve matters in minutes <a href="https://t.co/4yqU3T9utK">pic.twitter.com/4yqU3T9utK</a></p>— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) <a href="https://twitter.com/anuragkashyap72/status/1042681112991080448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 20, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Kashyap's anger made him tweet even the phone number of Kishore Lulla, Chairman, Eros International. Later Twitter took down the tweet.
Vikramaditya Motwane, co-director of Sacred Games also tweeted on the matter, "The one time the censor board showed maturity and our spineless studios shat and ran. What a terrible precedent to set."
An official statement from Eros International said: "Colour Yellow is the creative producer on 'Manmarziyaan'. We have the deepest respect for all communities and it is our intention to maintain neutrality and never intentionally hurt or disrespect any religion or community.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thanks to <a href="https://twitter.com/anuragkashyap72?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@anuragkashyap72</a> & Censor Board to accept the responsibility & delete the scenes. It's an irony that when Anurag Kashyap wanted to solve the drug problem with <a href="https://twitter.com/UdtaPunjabFilm_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UdtaPunjabFilm_</a>, it had so many cuts by CBFC but in <a href="https://twitter.com/manmarziyanfilm?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@manmarziyanfilm</a> when it was unnecessary, CBFC let it go. <a href="https://t.co/g8RvLb4h7n">pic.twitter.com/g8RvLb4h7n</a></p>— Jasveer Singh (@jasveer2589) <a href="https://twitter.com/jasveer2589/status/1042649791287635968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 20, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The controversy has made Taapsee question the logic behind these objection and thereby, she tweeted: "I am sure this edit will assure that no Sikh will ever smoke and no woman will ever think about anyone else while getting married in a Gurudwara. This surely will make Waheguru proud and assures that my religion is the purest, most righteous and peaceful! Proud"
On Wednesday, Kashyap addressed the issue by saying, "'Manmarziyaan' is a story of three individuals and not their religion. I am sorry if anyone feels genuinely hurt, but I would also request that please don't make this unnecessary political because it's not.”
He ensured to apologise but yet bring the truth forward, "I have always put out things the way they are without an agenda. Technology does not allow us to cut a scene and it affects the storytelling. So, I definitely cannot do that now. To those whose hurt is genuine, I offer a genuine apology, that wasn't my intention.”
Then the ‘Manmarziyaan’ director continued, "And for those who are doing it for attention, I am glad you have got the attention," he had tweeted.
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Author: Srinanti Bagchi
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