This is why Anurag Kashyap’s rant against PM Modi makes no sense

Kashyap's industry itself is divided over the issue of Pakistani actors working in Indian films.

Written by Nishant Shekhar | Updated: October 17, 2016 11:51 am
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After the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India decided not to release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, many from the film industry came out in support of Karan Johar, the maker of the film. But nobody went as far as Anurag Kashyap, who dragged Prime Minister Narendra Modi into the controversy surrounding Pakistani artistes by seeking an apology for his Pakistan trip last year.

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Kashyap asserted that the burden of Modi’s Pakistan trip fell on the taxpayers, while the film shot around the same time was needed money on which someone pays interest. In a series of tweets, the director questioned Modi’s silence over the whole controversy and attacked the government by saying “The World must learn from us..We solve all our problems by blaming it on movies and banning it..#ADHM. With you on this @karanjohar.”

Kashyap’s tweet didn’t go down well with many as he was trolled for dragging Modi into the issue. But this doesn’t make much sense. The COEAI has categorically said that it is stalling the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil “keeping in mind the patriotic feeling and the national interest in mind.” The COEAI said the decision was based on “public sentiments” following the Uri and Pathankot attacks on Army base.

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The COEAI is neither a government-run body nor an association of all exhibitors in the country. It’s an association of single screen cinema owners from Nashik, Pune and some parts of Mumbai. It has only requested its members not to play the film and some might end up showing the movie. The multiplexes have also not stalled the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and hence there is no direct threat to the movie. In fact,CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihlani has also criticised COEAI for its decision.

Moreover, the film industry itself is divided over the issue of Pakistani actors working in Indian films. From Nana Patekar to Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn all have expressed solidarity with the soldiers who died fighting terrorists in Uri and said country comes first for them. Choreographer and filmmaker Farah Khan has also asserted that there is no dearth of talent in India and when it comes to movie making she will choose to work with Indian actors than their Pakistani counterparts. Supporting the government’s stand on isolation of Pakistan, actor Randeep Hooda tweeted “We are trying to isolate Pakistan economically & diplomatically so the cultural isolation must follow.”

When there is a difference of opinion over the issue, Kashyap does not seem right in taking on Modi in this matter. Following the backlash he’s said that he’d rather ask questions directly to the prime minister. Well, he should have done that earlier instead of asking for an apology right away. The filmmaker also asked the media not to contact him as it will be a waste of time. Now, this is the same Kashyap who once tweeted his bruised eye picture as part of a bet to check what would make news. According to him, media reports without cross checking, but now he himself seems to be preventing any form of cross-checking.

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    Ares Roy
    Oct 19, 2016 at 5:22 am
    You can't expect sense from a nonsense ... He's 'Bollywood version' of Khujliwal, who blames PM even for his constipation.
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      Ares Roy
      Oct 19, 2016 at 5:48 am
      and .... even if he resigns because of health issue or something else ... My support will be for Manohar Parikkar or Anurag Thakur as successor of Modiji ... one of them is IITian and real ''Aam admi'', another is army officer.
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        IML sood
        Oct 16, 2016 at 6:36 pm
        Why we jointly could not find some way to transfer such rough and anti national along with his filthy supporters in film industry to stan where is will get his suitable match. The only problem is that such people have been get exposed from their hidden places and public is not going to spare them now and only this danger have made them abusive.
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          Nak
          Oct 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm
          What a nonsensical article. Is this really written by a IE reporter?
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            Rajeev Jaiswal
            Oct 17, 2016 at 10:17 am
            Well Modi went to stan not immediately after an attack, and he went for the nation not for his selfish desire. To make peace. Karan Johar and co. are doing this immediately after an attack when the nation at large is angry towards Pak government. And do you believe they are doing this for the nation or art ? Well I don't think most of us can see how they are doing this for nation and not for their selfishness. If they convince that what they are saying is for greater good of country and not for their own benefit, people will definitely back them.
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              ravinder
              Oct 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm
              Let's ban those who even support stan like this guy.lt;br/gt;Let's not see their movies. Let's give these guys a bloody nose...
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                Satyaki
                Oct 16, 2016 at 7:13 pm
                Chup be ch00tiye. Frustrated aadmi. Heh heh heh
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                  Satyaki
                  Oct 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm
                  Ha ha ha. All the paid and unpaid stooges came to lick their master's boots when someone criticized him. Modi ki thuk chaatne waalon, remember the most powerful person in a democracy is the common man. And when time comes, all mediocre leaders will be sent back to Gujarat
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                    Satyaki
                    Oct 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm
                    Like your father. Ha ha ha
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                      Tony
                      Oct 16, 2016 at 8:50 pm
                      Why this beggar is targetting PM as if he was responsible for the split with Kalki.
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                        SubbuI
                        Oct 17, 2016 at 10:15 am
                        HOW CAN THIS WRITTER APPERS TO BE BAISED AGAINST KHASHYAB FOR WHAT REASONS WE ARE NOT INTRESTED.BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN THAT IT IS A PAID ARTICLE VERY UNLIKELY IN IE. BUT ANURAGH HAD REALY HURT THE POWER WHERE IT PAINS MAXIMIMUM. VERY GOOD HIT
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                          Ajay
                          Oct 17, 2016 at 7:21 am
                          3 Marriages, all Failures. Last 3 films all flops. Actually problem with some Bollywood directors is that 3-4 hits and success goes into their heads. We are actors and we should not be questioned. They can ask n number of questions to Government, to prime Minister to Society etc etc etc. And they himself hate to be questioned. In name of Art Garb, they can say whatever they like. Actual Problem is they themselves don't know that they live in Democracy. They can ask questions, but they forget that even on this matter 70% of India Potion wants Ban on stan, So if they enjoy Democracy by asking any question even to Prime Minister, they should see the news channels and see what people want, that is the core of Democracy. Why Karan Johar in the first instance gave immature reply. Since in Democracy he can say anything. Even in Democracy people can Object and they have every right to boycott any film. Have you forgotten hiji's Non-Cooperation Movement. It was there but even then Parallely teher were Kranti Karis. If Anurag Basu or Karan Johar would have been there at that time, They would have I bet spoken in favour of Britishers. Art my Foot.
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                            aks
                            Oct 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm
                            Shallow pseudo liberal. Good for nothing fellows who will not get a peon's job have turned film producers, directors and actors and fancy themselves as intellectuals. Look at the kind no of rubbish they turn out as films and stand they take when the country is under attack.
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                              laxmi
                              Oct 16, 2016 at 9:07 pm
                              Some of the films produced today does not care about indian culture but blindly follow western culture. This made bad impact on the young generations. The film producer should keep in mind the values of our society.
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                                ashis
                                Oct 16, 2016 at 6:05 pm
                                India has a lot of hate mongers and they should be made out of this great country including the evil Modi.
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                                  Narender Balda
                                  Oct 16, 2016 at 10:45 pm
                                  Ask Kejriwal Baniya
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                                    Brijesh Dewangan
                                    Oct 17, 2016 at 6:43 am
                                    bollywood should be shifted to kashmir and no govt protection should be given to them let see if they have same opinioun for some people money is every thing,,,,stani actors didnot even condemn URI attacks we Indians should learn patriotism from stanis
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                                      Burjis Wadia
                                      Oct 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm
                                      Just when you think that certain artistes are not "film-wallah" types there comes along someone with a hare-brained rant. Go Anurag Kashyap Go - join the pretentious like-gang of Mahesh Bhatts, Vishal Dadlanis, Om Puris, Salman Khans - YOU TRULY ARE IN GREAT COMPANY. What intellect - WOW Anurag - for you a diplomatic tour undertaken by a leader of the country is comparable to an individual making money in films. I wonder - really wonder - are you truly this hare-brained ??
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                                        Chandrasekaran
                                        Oct 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm
                                        Why traitors comments are being given importance the Bollywood terrorists have been identified and in due course they will be isolated like their favorite porkistan
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                                          DCM
                                          Oct 17, 2016 at 10:57 am
                                          These filmy guys are only "Tamashbeens" (entertainers) and are only interested in pocketing money by hook or crook. What is their contribution to making India strong on any level or defending it? Stop giving opinions on everything.
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                                            DCM
                                            Oct 17, 2016 at 10:50 am
                                            These filmy guys have not done anything for the country. Absolutely ZERO contribution! So why so much arrogance? Get on the earth man!
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