Aanand L Rai defends Manmarziyan scenes deletion: Exclusion of smoking bit doesn't compromise with genre

Four scenes from Manmarziyan were cut out from the film, regarding which Anurag Kashyap and Taapsee had expressed strong displeasure

Press Trust of India September 21, 2018 11:31:24 IST
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.

Aanand L Rai defends Manmarziyan scenes deletion Exclusion of smoking bit doesnt compromise with genre

Aananad L Rai (left), poster of Manmarziyaan. Images via Facebook

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.

The director had posted Lulla's number in an earlier tweet but it was deleted as it was found in violation with Twitter's privacy policy. In a statement, Eros, without addressing Kashyap's grievances, said Colour Yellow Productions was the creative producer. "Colour Yellow is the creative producer on Manmarziyaan. We have the deepest respect for all communities and it is our intention to maintain neutrality and never intentionally hurt or disrespect any religion or community. "We have the greatest respect for the law of the land and follow and implement all guidance of the censor board which is the supreme authority for film content in the country," Eros said in its statement. The producers approached the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) regarding the deletion of the scenes. According to a censor copy, the three deleted scenes are a 29-second smoking sequence of Abhishek, a minute long scene featuring Taapsee Pannu and Abhishek entering a gurudwara and an 11-second scene where Taapsee is shown smoking. Taapsee also took to Twitter and lashed out at the move.

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