Abhishek Bachchan’s recent release ‘Manmarziyaan’ (2018) received a bit of backlash from the audiences for some of the smoking scenes in the film, which were later deleted, shared his thoughts of the decision.
Reported on Hindustan Times, Bachchan’s character – Robbie, was featured in one of the smoking scenes said he had no issues surrounding any decision that had been made to the film. “Each individual has a right to react and if people have felt bad over some scenes, then I feel there is no harm in deleting those scenes from the movie unless it does not change the narrative of the film. Being a part of film fraternity, our main purpose is not to hurt anyone’s sentiments. If there are some scenes and if people’s opposition to scenes can affect the business of the film, then I guess exhibitors are right on their part because it is not an actor who stands to lose. It is the production people and exhibitors who have to suffer the loss in the end.”
The complaint over the scene came after Sikh groups said that these scenes had offended their religion. The other two scenes in question were of Taapsee Pannu’s character Rumi also smoking and the other was of when Rumi and Robbie had entered the Gurdwara to get married, Rumi was shown thinking about her ex, played by Vicky Kaushal.
Bachchan went on to say that if it’s in the interest of the people, he does not think it’s a big deal. “If someone has objections over some scenes, then it’s her/his opinion and everyone has all the right to express their issue. I believe even one member of the community is not happy over something, then we all should try to understand each other beliefs and if there is some genuine issue, then we should act on it happily.”
The ‘Dhoom 3’ (2013) also said that if the cuts made had altered the film or storyline in any way, he would also be willing to debate the decision on that too. “Before taking any stand, it is important to understand what’s the issue and what’s the objection.”
However, director Anurag Kayshap did not share the same sentiments, had shared his dismay of the scenes being deleted without his knowledge.