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…”

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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 .. ”

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Read Anurag Kashyap’s earlier tweets.

 

 

 

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

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