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.
There is no film more honest than UDTA PUNJAB .. And any person or party opposing it is actually GUILTY of promoting drugs
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) June 6, 2016
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.
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 7, 2016
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.
@ANI_news mujhe bhi vodka pini heAdvertisement
— Souvik Nath (@I_SouvikNath) June 7, 2016
— नंदिता ठाकुर (@nanditathhakur) June 7, 2016
@ANI_news what is that bottle behind him? vodka or water bottle? hmm media would say water inside vodka bottle, he is against plastics.
— Sriram (@shriramviswa) June 7, 2016
— sk (@saswat_baral) June 9, 2016
@ANI_news next film of anurag kashyap will be bewda bollywood….u dont believe me? see that vodka botlle behind him 🙂
— The Satanic Hindu (@thesatanichindu) June 7, 2016
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.