Anurag Kashyap on Manmarziyaan Controversy: Don’t Make it Political Because It’s Not
Critics cannot stop raving about Manmarziyaan starrring Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu and Abhishek Bachchan. However, there is one section of Sikh Community that the film has left upset. A petition has been filed by the Supreme Sikh Organisation objecting to a scene in the Anurag Kashyap film where Abhishek Bachchan’s Robbie is smoking a cigarette after taking off his turban.
The smoking scene has offended many Sikhs, who have slammed Kashyap for showing the community in a poor light. Say for that matter, one of the members from the community also quoted saying, “We will strongly oppose the screening of this film in our area, we urge the Sikhs worldwide to unite and stand against this film.”
After members of the Sikh community taking offence to this scene in Manmarziyan, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has finally broken his silence on the controversy. He has tried to explain how there were no wrong intentions behind making Manmarziyaan. Anurag Kashyap took to Twitter and issued a long statement.
Here’s his post:
My statement on the brewing controversy.
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 19, 2018
Here’s what Anurag Kashyap wrote in the statement:
“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.”
Manmarziyaan features Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles and tells a three-way love story set in Amritsar. The film hit the theatres on September 14.