Producer Aanand L Rai defended the decision to cut three smoking-related scenes from ‘Manmarziyaan,’ stating that their non-inclusion does not “compromise” with its genre. His response came after director Anurag Kashyap took to Twitter and expressed displeasure over the move, indicating that he was not consulted before the decision was taken.
Earlier, co-producer Eros had implied that the decision to cut the scenes were taken by the creative producer of the film, Colour Yellow Productions which is run by Rai, reports Mid Day. In a statement, Rai said, “These cuts were made on a call taken by Colour Yellow Team. I feel we need to understand that this controversy happened after the film has released which leaves the producers and studio extremely vulnerable (sic).”
The scenes in question had upset a certain section of the Sikh community and Kashyap, who is out of the country, had on Wednesday issued a “genuine” apology to those who were hurt. Rai said if the concept of the film was “smoking, we would’ve taken a stand like we did for Udta Punjab”.
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