Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Manmarziyaan’ featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu is receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike. But a certain section of the Sikh community is not happy with some scenes in the romantic drama where Abhishek Bachchan’s character Robbie is smoking a cigarette after taking off his turban. They have decided to take legal action against the team.
The issue has been raised in front of the city magistrate and the matter has been taken to Ambala Police station by the Sikh community under the leadership of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) member Harpal Singh Pali and Ambala City Youth Akali Dal President Charan Singh Takkar.
Finally, Anurag Kashyap has reacted to the ongoing controversy against his film and has issued a long statement defending the romantic drama. 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.”
He opened up on the controversial scene and said, “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 director took to his Twitter handle and tweeted. Read his entire statement here:
My statement on the brewing controversy.
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 19, 2018
Directed by Anurag Kashyap, produced by Colour Yellow Productions and Phantom Films, and presented by Eros International and Aanand L Rai, ‘Manmarziyaan’ has released on September 14, 2018.