After holding a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Anurag Kashyap took to Facebook to contest allegations that he had taken a bribe from the Aam Aadmi party to showcase Punjab in a bad light in his upcoming film, Udta Punjab.
Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani had earlier made the allegations during an interview to Times Now, saying that he had heard that Kashyap had addressed the drug issue in the state in order to help the AAP’s political ambitions in the Assembly elections of 2017.
On his Faceboook post, Kashyap said that he has “had run ins with censor (board) many times”. He recalled his fights with the board during Paanch, Black Friday, Gulaal, Ugly and Water, and cleared the rumours surrounding their fates. “But,” he added, “in all the battles, 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.”
He also hit back at Nihalani for his bribery allegations, saying, “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.”
The real issue, he contended, is “of freedom of expression and free thought and our rights as film makers versus the censorship”.
He asserted that he is not a member of AAP or Congress and having made films for free, he does not take money “that is not earned from anyone”.
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