Bombay high court finally came to the rescue of Anurag Kashyap’s “Udta Punjab”; orders just 1 cut as opposed to the 89 cuts that were suggested by Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani’s 89 cuts. Bollywood is naturally celebrating the Bombay High Court’s orders.
Pahlaj Nihalani even accused Anurag Kashyap of taking money from AAP to fund the movie.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) June 8, 2016
As the row got political, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal took the opportunity and tweeted the following.
Pahlaj Nihlani's statement makes it amply clear that he has stopped the film on BJP's instructions
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 8, 2016
I completely agree. https://t.co/qLLfkMjPvL
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 7, 2016
However, Anurag says that its a lie. “No I am not a member of AAP or Congress not do I associate with any other political party. I have made more films without a fees than anyone else and I don’t take money that is not earned from anyone,” said Anurag.
Anurag was also miffed with Arvind Kejriwal’s tweets. “Please don’t colour my fight with any political affiliation because there is none. I request Congress, AAP and other political parties to stay out of my battle. It’s my Rights vs the Censorship. I speak only on my behalf. It’s my fight Vs a dictatorial man sitting there operating like an oligarch in his constituency of censor board, that’s my North Korea. Rest of you go pick your own fights. I will fight mine,” said Kashyap who has made films like Black Friday, Dev D and Gangs Of Wasseypur.
Bollywood Backs Kashyap
Meanwhile, top Bollywood filmmakers & actors have backed Anurag Kashyap’s “Udta Punjab” and have even demanded the removal of Pahlaj Nihalani.
- Mukesh Bhatt, head of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, demanded that the ministry remove Pahlaj Nihalani as he was trying to sabotage” Udta Punjab.
- Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said Mr Nihalani’s allegation that the film is funded by the Aam Aadmi Party was an “insult to the entire film industry,” and demanded an apology.
Kashyap made it clear that “Punjab” cannot be separated from his film. “Only the audience has the right to reject a film, said” Anurag Kashyap.