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Makers of ‘Manmarziyaan’ have deleted three scenes which hurt Sikh religious sentiments, after Jammu District Magistrate’s order
Anurag Kashyap’s’ Manmarziyaan’ seems to be on everyone’s minds including a Sikh community upset over certain smoking sequences. As a result, its producers have deleted three scenes from the film after members of the Sikh community objected to one where Abhishek Bachchan’s character is shown smoking.
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 include 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.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Sikh Organisation filed a petition in the Jammu wing of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court against these scenes which have now been removed and the decision has been approved by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The production house, Eros, has now confirmed this new certificate.
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Director Anurag Kashyap had this to say-
My statement on the brewing controversy.
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 19, 2018
He wrote, “I am not in India and I have been reading about the Sikh community feeling offended by the smoking scene. This film is not commenting on a community, it talks about individuals and their choices. Every step of the way, we asked for guidance from Sikh people for the film. When we shot the sequence in Gurudwara, we were told we can’t shoot them getting married as it can’t be faked so we made the actors do only “Mattha tekna”. When we were shooting scenes, no member of crew was allowed to smoke inside the houses. When we shot the smoking scene, it was shot on the street and there were close to 150 people watching the shoot.
“We asked before doing the scene and were told that he has to take the Turban off before he smokes away from his house. We were also shown how Robbie should take the turban off with both hands and how he should hand it over and how the cousin should take it. Most of the 150 people in the crowd were Sikhs and we were told that’s how it is. We created what we saw with our own eyes and after discussion. It was never the intention to hurt the community and why would we do that when we got so much love from them. The city of Amritsar opened their hearts and doors to us and everything was done with the utmost care.
Not a single thing was shot without guidance. We wanted to show things the way they are. No religion teaches crime or anything anti-humanity, yet those things happen. It doesn’t mean they are offending the religion. Manmarziyaan is a story of three individuals and not their religion. I am sorry if anyone feels genuinely hurt but I would also request that please don’t make this unnecessary political because it’s not. I have always put out things the way they are without an agenda. Technology does not allow us to cut a scene and it affects the storytelling. So I definitely can not do that now. To those whose hurt is genuine, I offer a genuine apology, that wasn’t my intention. And for those who are doing it for attention, I am glad you have got the attention. (sic)”
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Manmarziyaan hit the screens on September 14 and stars Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead roles.
By Disha Jana