‘Manmarziyaan’ director Anurag Kashyap on September 19 offered apology after some members of the Sikh community has raised an objection over a smoking scene in the film.
The film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal in the lead roles.
In the film, Abhishek Bachchan’s smoking scene has created a trouble for the director.
During a scene, Abhishek Bachchan’s character Robbie removes his turban to smoke a cigarette, the director, however, clarified that they were guided by over 150 people on the sets of the film, all of whom were Sikhs.
Anurag Kashyap released a statement on his twitter handle. 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.”
My statement on the brewing controversy.
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 19, 2018
“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,” he informed.
He also added that, “.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.”
Here’s the screenshot of his full statement:
‘Manmarziyaan’ is a love triangle with Taapsee playing the character of Rumi, Vicky Kaushal essaying the role of DJ Vicky and Abhishek Bachchan of Robbie. The film was released on September 14.
Meanwhile, the film is working great at the box-office. The film has been appreciated by both the viewers and critics.