Anurag Kashyap clarifies tweets: I didn’t ask PM Narendra Modi to apologise

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap chose to 'talk straight to Prime Minister Narendra Modi' as he explained his earlier tweets in an extended Facebook post.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2016 5:41 pm
Anurag Kashyap, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, PM Narendra Modi, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil controversy, Narendra Modi, Anurag Kashyap tweets Anurag Kashyap said it was unfortunate he was forced to explain his tweets tagging PM Narendra Modi.

The storm over Ae Dil Hai Mushkil refuses to die down. On the day that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) threatened multiplex owners from screening the Karan Johar film, Anurag Kashyap had to explain his tweets in support of the film as he could not stay quiet and have his industry colleagues suffer for him having an opinion.

In a Facebook post, Kashyap wrote that the film industry is “damned if they do and damned if they don’t.” He also wrote, “…the PM visited Pakistan for talks at the same time that a filmmaker was working with a Pakistani actor. Neither was aware of future events or mood. Yet only one pays the price. I’m also well aware that the government did not cry “BAN” or demand that Pakistani artists be sent back. Just as I’m aware that the PM himself doesn’t censor my films. But we elected them and so it is their responsibility to protect us from bullies.”

Kashyap had earlier tweeted his support to Johar on Ae Dil hai Mushkil and asked PM Narendra Modi why he was not expected to apologise for his visit to Pakistan. “@narendramodi Sir you haven’t yet said sorry for your trip to meet the Pakistani PM.. It was dec 25th. Same time KJo was shooting ADHM? Why?” he wrote and followed it up with, “@narendramodi why is it that we have to face it while you can be silent??. He followed it up with a slew of tweets.”

Explaining his tweets, he wrote on Facebook, “It’s unfortunate that I have to explain my intention behind my tweet, because others and my industry colleagues have to suffer for me having an opinion…”

Also read | Abhijeet Bhattacharya attacks Anurag Kashyap: You dare to question PM Modi over Pakistanis?

He wrote he never asked PM Modi to apologise but “questioned the fairness in judgement of a situation”.”

Read Anurag Kashyap’s full Facebook post here.

“I am tired of the film industry being soft targets. We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t! When we don’t involve ourselves, they ask “why is Bollywood quiet now?” When we involve ourselves, we become the scapegoats to distract you from the real news. Either way they use us to sensationalise news. Still, I’d rather put my opinions out there on my own platform, then give the media a bite. NO, Anurag Kashyap did not “ask the PM to apologise”( which most of the headlines would want you to believe, no one has their mind anyways) ,I merely questioned the fairness in judgement of a situation: the PM visited Pakistan for talks at the same time that a filmmaker was working with a Pakistani actor. Neither was aware of future events or mood. Yet only one pays the price. I’m also well aware that the government did not cry “BAN” or demand that Pakistani artists be sent back. Just as I’m aware that the PM himself doesn’t censor my films. But we elected them and so it is their responsibility to protect us from bullies – media or political parties. And when the governing party’s designated members don’t respond in hours of crisis because they are second guessing the mood of the PM then I would rather talk straight to the PM himself. There was also sarcasm in the tweet that followed; ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ was for those mindless trollers who constantly ask for proof of your patriotism. Apparently thats all it takes. It was a jibe at them. Patriotic slogans don’t absolve you from it all. I hope this explains .. ”

Also read | Before Anurag Kashyap’s face-off with PM Modi, all the controversies the director faced

Read Anurag Kashyap’s earlier tweets.

 

 

 

Also read | Ae Dil Hai Mushkil row: Anurag Kashyap asks Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise for his Pakistan trip

The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil controversy, it seems, is a long way from ending.

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    Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:06 am
    AK wants publicity at any cost .
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      nitis sin
      Jan 12, 2017 at 9:28 am
      Its a wave of nonsense in the country in fake name of deshbhakti. Soon it will be diffracted. U r all right A.K.
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        Jai Kumar
        Oct 18, 2016 at 6:53 pm
        Don't watch his movies simple he will get all the answers. These guys think they are Gods
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          prakash gotimukul
          Oct 18, 2016 at 11:24 am
          Failed condom product u mean???
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            prakash gotimukul
            Oct 18, 2016 at 11:28 am
            First blame PM who is working and serving the nation 18 hrs a day without a single day. This drunkard director abuses the PM, then lies, distorts, half truths and uses media to slander...........wah very good. A drunkard and abusive is best eligible for Aap party.First a disasterous director now a disasterous Aap member........naxal means a waste to the society. Creature of a failed condom
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              indian
              Oct 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm
              Disgusting fellow
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                Sunil
                Oct 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm
                Pls Mr. Anurag..... just one sentence for you - and appologize the nation and our brave soldiers. thank you. may good sense prevail.
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                  Chander Pal
                  Oct 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm
                  We the earthlings still believe that Bollywood runs under the protective cover of the D company.
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                    IML sood
                    Oct 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm
                    Q arises why I E wants to block comments of nationalist people to give underhand support to these anti national elements,like Anurag,Bhatt,Karan etc.?
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                      Srividya Jayaraman
                      Oct 18, 2016 at 6:49 pm
                      And also you forgot including minorities who are Modi haters
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                        Pat
                        Oct 18, 2016 at 10:35 pm
                        Just because you make potty type films with blood money killing innocent,so you want people to watch. We are not like son you of gaddar. We love Bharat and respect our defence army. We need to teach these traitors a hard lesson. you are in no way some guardians of public. We spit on such sl....ish films.
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                          Pat
                          Oct 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm
                          Who is this guy? Looks like aUP criminal, why he is talking about films. Never seen his films nor heard6of him. Is that the reason he is talking about Modi to be in limelight.?
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                            Rajat
                            Oct 18, 2016 at 3:43 pm
                            Pure commercial interests talking.
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                              Raje
                              Oct 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm
                              Look at his eyes.... looks how much he must be drinking. He surely must have posted those tweets while drunk.
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                                Hongkongflower
                                Oct 18, 2016 at 11:21 am
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                                  abhijit
                                  Oct 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm
                                  You see Anurag, Bollywood should stick to making films and item numbers. As you lot cannot differentiate between diplomacy and a raunchy item number. Your tweets are a reflection of this. Our PM went to stan top extend a hand of friendship, which they clearly did not respect (it was to give stan a chance to retrospect and hopefully avoid cases of cross border terrorism). AND you want him to apologise? As far as apologies go, if you have any SHAME (which you clearly do not), pls apologise to the Soldiers family who is in mourning and wondering why did their son give his life for a thankless nation which is filled with bigots like you. Secondly, pls apologise to the people for making horrible movies for which we spent our hard earned money to watch.
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                                    adag
                                    Oct 18, 2016 at 1:31 pm
                                    By the way who is Anurag Kashyap ???? Be in your pants or they will be taken off in public...
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                                      adag
                                      Oct 18, 2016 at 11:02 am
                                      He should be abused in the same language to let him feel how it hurts. A small time film maker thinks he is equivalent to the PM of the country.
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                                        Tapan
                                        Oct 18, 2016 at 1:24 pm
                                        AK is ....
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                                          Andy
                                          Oct 19, 2016 at 1:50 am
                                          I think brain size matters when person open his mouth isnt it. Do you think PM has no other work than working on this little drunk kid's unnecessary demands? Mind it this is people of this country and few ociations banned the movie not PM. The guy who did not have taken off after joined the duty, do you want him to do this work? Is it really worth? Shame on you. Grow up!
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                                            Anirudh
                                            Oct 19, 2016 at 6:31 pm
                                            Anurag Kashyap.. how right you are... but ab Modi ki bhakt fauj ke liye taiyar rehna.. :D
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