Anurag Kashyap is at the centre of a controversy over the CBFC’s verdict on his upcoming film ‘Udta Punjab’. At the same time, Pahlaj Nihalani has been receiving brickbats for the puritanical attitude he has been showing towards films ever since he took over as the head of the Censor Board.
In one of his first tirades against the Censor Board, Kashyap said that issues such as drug and substance abuse must be discussed.
On June 7, news agency ANI interviewed Kashyap for his side of the argument. What attracted the attention of the social media was this picture tweeted by ANI.
A closer look would reveal a bottle of Absolut Vodka on a cabinet behind Kashyap. That, according to some Twitter users, throws all of Kashyap’s ‘ideals’ out of the window.
One wonders why Kashyap had a bottle of vodka with him when he is taking a stand against alcohol addiction and substance abuse.
If you look at the content of his films, you’d find that all of them have characters addicted to one or the other substances.
Alcohol, cigarettes and all such stuff flow freely in his previous films, and he has had run-ins with the board for the same.
Since the film ‘Udta Punjab’ has Punjab’s drug menace as the underlying theme, Kashyap wants the film to be released without cuts. The Censor Board has recommended 13 cuts to the film, which according to Kashyap will force changes in at least 94 scenes leading to a dramatic shift in the narrative.