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Anurag Kashyap’s Statement on Manmarziyaan Controversy: Justifications, Ifs and Buts, Technology Plea and Attitude

September 19, 2018 | By

Chandigarh: Bollywood film director Anurag Kashyap today issued a statement on Manmarziyaan film controversy.

Media reports may tell you that he has offered apology but in his statement he could be seen offering justifications for his work, placing ifs and buts, citing so-called limitations of the technologypassing comments on those opposing the movie for objectionable statements and accusing them for to make unnecessary political issue and offering an apology applicable only on terms he set for the same.

Anurag Kashyap, who is known for attempting to tear down ethos and tents of faith under the garb of presenting modernity in his film, has attempted to justify the objectionable parts of his film saying that “This film is not commenting on a community , it talks about individuals and their choices“.

In his statement, Anurag Kashyap tired to maintain that he was genuinely offering apology but in the next line he shows his arrogance and attitude which puts the genuineness of his apology under question. “To those whose hurt is genuine , I offer a genuine apology , that wasn’t my intention. And for those who are doing it for attention , I am glad you have got the attention“, he wrote.

Confusion Over Scenes Cuts:

Some media reports are saying that Anurag Kashyap has agreed to cut three scenes from the movie but his statement (accessed by the Sikh Siyasat News) says otherwise. In this statement the film director said: “Technology does not allow us to cut a scene and it affects the story telling . So I definitely can not do that now“.

Meanwhile a copy of a letter by Central Board for Film Certification has surfaced over social media which says that the applicant of the film Manmarziyaan desired to exclude three scenes voluntarily from his film that was allowed.

The authenticity of letter remains under question as Anurag Kashyap in his statement siad that he definitely can not cut the scenes. Moreover, he has also not responded to Sikh Educationist Harinder Singh’s tweet asking him to clarify on the letter.

Notably, DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa has posted a poster with the copy of aforesaid letter on his Facebook page maintaining that it was victory for the Sikh sangat as CBFC has commanded the removal of objectionable scenes.

Full Text of Statement of Anurag Kashyap is being shared in verbatim for the information of readers of the Sikh Siyasat News:

My statement on the brewing controversy.

I am not in India and I have been reading about the Sikh community feeling offended by the smoking scene. This film is not commenting on a community , it talks about individuals and their choices. Every step of the way, we asked for guidance from Sikh people for the film. When we shot the sequence in Gurudwara , we were told we can’t shoot them getting married as it can’t be faked so me made the actors do only “Mattha tekna “. When we were shooting scenes , no member of crew was allowed to smoke inside the houses . When we shot the smoking scene , it was shot on the street and there were close to 150 people watching the shoot. We asked before doing the scene and were told that he has to take the Turban off before he smokes away from his house. We were also shown how Robbie should take the turban off with both hands and how he should hand it over and how the cousin should take it . Most of the 150 people in the crowd were sikhs and we were told that’s how it is. We created what we saw with our own eyes and after discussion. It was never the intention to hurt the community and why would we do that when we got so much love from them . The city of Amritsar opened their hearts and doors to us and everything was done with utmost care . Not a single thing was shot without guidance. We wanted to show things the way they are. No religion teaches crime or anything anti-humanity , yet those things happen. It doesn’t mean they are offending the religion. 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. 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 story telling . So I definitely can not do that now.To those whose hurt is genuine , I offer a genuine apology , that wasn’t my intention. And for those who are doing it for attention , I am glad you have got the attention.

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