Anurag’s defence: ‘Manmarziyaan is about individuals not religion’

Anurag Kashyap is under fire for a scene in his movie Manmarziyaan, where Abhishek Bachchan removed his turban – to smoke a cigarette. After the Sikh community took offence to this, the director broke his silence about the controversy.

Bachchan plays Robbie, a Sikh, in the film. Many Sikhs slammed Kashyap for showing the community in a poor light.

Kashyap took to Twitter to respond to the allegations raised against this scene. “This film is not commenting on a community, it talks about individuals and their choices. Manmarziyaan is a story of three individuals and not their religion.” he tweeted.

Known for portraying life on-screen as is, Kashyap mentioned, “We created what we saw with our own eyes and after discussion. We wanted to show things the way they are. I have always put out things the way they are: without an agenda.”

He further praised the people of Amritsar for their warmth and hospitality.

To those demanding for the scene to be cut from the film, he said, “Technology does not allow us to cut a scene and it affects the storytelling. So I definitely can not do that now.”

He ended his reply by apologising for any sentiments of the community he hurt and clarified that that was never his intention.

This is the statement linked to Anurag Kashyap’s twitter handle