Udta Punjab row: Anurag Kashyap calls it blackmail

Anurag Kashyap has said that he felt blackmailed throughout his battle with the Censor Board over the certification for "Udta Punjab".

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: June 9, 2016 5:50 pm
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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has said that he felt blackmailed throughout his battle with the Censor Board over the certification for his upcoming movie “Udta Punjab”.

Kashyap said in all his previous run-ins with either the board or the government, he never felt he was being silenced, but this particular case was different.

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“… I never felt that I was being silenced or blackmailed into doing something against my will. All those battles were a fair fight of belief systems, all those fights were not being lost, not knowing what’s going on.

“All those battles we knew who and what the enemy was, be it a person, a thought or just the understanding of the board. This one is different. This was blackmail, this has been a wall of lies. We got the official letter in a day after going to press and immediately after the first hearing of the court,” he posted on Facebook.

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Kashyap’s fresh post came hours after he along with other leading Bollywood celebrities held a joint press meet to express their anger towards board’s objections to certain portions of the film, which is based on substance abuse in North Punjab and its effect on youth.

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The “Bombay Velvet” director said Pahlaj Nihalani has been lying and pressuring them to delay the release of the film, slated to hit theatres on June 17.

“I have a signed acknowledgment from Mr Nihalani’s office dated yesterday 7th June, which requests him to give us the official copy. So him saying he gave the letter on Monday is a lie and proof of all his lies.

“Him pressurising us to delay release, and accepting cuts is and was a thought through strategy. His accusing me of taking money from AAP is not just a lie, is a diversion from the real issue to make the fight for a filmmaker’s right into a political battle. And in this he is being helped by all the trolls to make sure that the real issue somewhere is lost in the political blame game.”

Kashyap requested his fans to not believe in the gossip being spread online while also making it clear that he had no political affiliation.

“I request to not get involved in any rumour mongering and let us stick to the real honest issue of freedom of expression and free thought and our rights as film makers versus the censorship.

“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.”

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    Anuradha Kalhan
    Jun 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm
    Kashyap is an outstanding film maker of present times. It's a pity he should feel blackmailed! lt;br/gt; Different people will run into this right wing wax wall in different ways.lt;br/gt;That's the only way the people of the country will see the wall, its colour, form and its dangers.
    1. A
      Jun 9, 2016 at 3:07 pm
      Forget Congress...they are voted out. Ask BJP what they did to curb the drug issue in Punjab? And for god sake, don't support wring things - tomorrow your son/daughter can be a drug addict...You never know.
      1. Himanshu Singh
        Jun 9, 2016 at 9:56 am
        fact is that each and everything today is political. we have had some 'chamchas' getting their desired posts in the past as well and they too did the service in return, but this is probably the most serious case of political brainwashing that I have seen.lt;br/gt;The CBSE books are being altered to tell our children different versions of our modern history than we have always read and were told by our parents and gparents. Insutes of higher education have been ruined into a proper battleground based on political affiliations and ideology. and even the films are cleared or blocked on the basis of which party do they support or block.lt;br/gt;But the fact is, and has always been, that the truth always comes out. If anyone wants to say that Punjab is not affected by the drug menace, then he will find very few takers, even less so in Punjab itself. This film may not see the light of the day, but hopefully the people of this country who are being systematically blinded fro truth using any and every means possible do realize what they are getting into.lt;br/gt;It is just like putting the frog in cold water and then gradually heating to to make the frog soup.
        1. A
          Jun 9, 2016 at 9:18 am
          Im with Anurag
          1. M
            Jun 9, 2016 at 8:55 am
            This is not a film on past events but is live which gives it the ability to influence people during polls.Any royalty being paid to PUnjab for using its name for making money by films
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