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Anurag Kashyap defies the rules of the Censor Board

November 5th, 2013 | by vBollywood Admin
Anurag Kashyap defies the rules of the Censor Board

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap was all set to open his film titled Ugly on October 11, but was quickly rescheduled to 2014.

A leading daily reported that the reason for the deferment was Anurag Kashyap’s reluctance to promote the ‘Cigarette smoking is injurious to health’ disclaimer during the scenes where the actors are smoking in the movie.
Rumours state that the filmmaker is upset and could make a decision to even file a petition to challenge the guideline which makes it compulsory to enclose the cautionary statement in any scene which shows actors smoking.

The producers of the film agree with the decision of the filmmaker. Vivek Rangachari from DAR Motion Pictures, co-producers of the film stated that the director is having an issue with the Censor Board.

A statement by a spokesperson for Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films, The CBFC has directed them to insert a disclaimer in shots where a cigarette is evident, for the film to be certified. The team has decided not to carry the disclaimer and are currently involved in a discussion with the Board. If the matter is not resolved in their favour, the team will consider other options.

Hollywood filmmaker Woody Allen too had declined to abide by the rule, and decided not to release his film Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett in India. Anurag Kashyap seems to be equally upset and will stand by his word.

Another upcoming film Bombay Velvet starring Ranbir Kapoor, has filmed a few smoking scenes. Ugly might be moved to release on January 3 now.

Director-producer and scriptwriter Anurag Kashyap’s latest film was in competition in the Director’s Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival.

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