Aanand L Rai defends Manmarziyan scenes deletion: Exclusion of smoking bit doesn't compromise with genre
Mumbai: Director-producer Aanand L Rai on 20 September defended the decision to cut three smoking-related scenes from the film Manmarziyaan, saying their non-inclusion does not "compromise" with its genre.
His response came after director Anurag Kashyap took to Twitter and expressed a strong displeasure over the move, indicating that he was not consulted about the decision.
Earlier, Eros implied that the decision to cut the scenes were taken by the creative producer of the film, Colour Yellow Productions which is run by Rai.
In a statement, Rai said, "These cuts were made on a call taken by Colour Yellow Team. I feel we need to understand that this controversy happened after the film has released which leaves the producers and studio extremely vulnerable."
The scenes in question had upset a certain section of the Sikh community and Kashyap, who is out of the country, had on Wednesday, 19 September issued a "genuine" apology to those who were hurt genuinely.
Rai said if the concept of the film was "smoking, we would've taken a stand like we did for Udta Punjab".
"Manmarziyaan is a love story and we believe that these cuts do not compromise with the genre it is. With the limited theatrical shelf life of films these days, we didn't want the audience waiting to watch this film to suffer and be deprived of a film.
"My heart goes out to Anurag but in the current situation, we have to be practical," he said.
The makers had apparently approached the censor board to chop off the alleged objectionable scenes from the film, starring Taapsee Pannu, Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal.
Kashyap vented out his anger against the move on Twitter, calling out Eros International, who are the presenters of the film.
Before my tweet is taken down -Congratulations . Here by all problems of Punjab are solved and Sikh youth have been saved . Happy to be back in LaLa land again. Next time you are threatened by a film please call Kishore Lulla directly on Eros knows how to solve matters in minutes pic.twitter.com/4yqU3T9utK
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 20, 2018
I am sure this edit will assure that no Sikh will ever Smoke and no woman will ever think about ANYONE else while getting married in a Gurudwara. THIS surely will make Waheguru proud and assures that MY religion is the purest,most righteous and peaceful ! #Proud 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 — taapsee pannu (@taapsee) September 20, 2018
Updated Date: Sep 21, 2018 11:33 AM