Anurag Kashyap has expressed his anger at Eros International for deleting three scenes from his movie ‘Manmarziyaan’ after they reportedly hurt sentiments of the Sikh community.
The director, who is out of the country, said he was not consulted over the decision and the production giant made the decision without checking with him first. He had apologised to anyone who were hurt by the scenes in question. However, he took to Twitter to blast Eros International. He said, “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… Eros knows how to solve matters in minutes.”
PTI reported that Eros had issued a statement without addressing Kashyap and said Colour Yellow Productions, run by director Aanand L Rai, was the creative producer. It 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.
“We have the greatest respect for the law of the land and follow and implement all guidance of the Censor Board which is the supreme authority for film content in the country.”
The scenes, which have been deleted include Abhishek Bachchan’s character, a Sikh in the film, shown smoking after removing his turban, a minute long scene featuring Taapsee Pannu and Abhishek entering a gurudwara and an 11-second scene where Taapsee is shown smoking.
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