I'll go to Supreme Court if needed: Anurag Kashyap

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap says he will fight till the end against the Censor Board's objection to his refusal to add anti-smoking disclaimers in his upcoming directorial venture "Ugly". And if the need arises, he will even approach th

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Filmmaker anurag kashyap

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap says he will fight till the end against the Censor Board's objection to his refusal to add anti-smoking disclaimers in his upcoming directorial venture "Ugly". And if the need arises, he will even approach the Supreme Court.

Kashyap has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against the Central Board of Film Certification in the regard, and he is not willing to release his film with such disclaimers.

"What I feel is (that it is) very unfair. It is absolutely mindless and pointless. If the Bombay High Court does not agree to it, I will go to Supreme Court," Kashyap said here in an interview.

Produced by DAR Motion Pictures and Phantom Films, "Ugly", was earlier slated to release Oct 11 this year but then the release was moved forward to next year as the filmmaker was not willing to carry the anti-smoking disclaimer in the smoking scenes in the film.

"I don't want to release "Ugly" with those (anti-smoking) notifications.

"I have to fight till the end. I have my right to expression. I make my films and in this country, being a democracy I think I am going to pitch my fight till the end to see that what comes out of it because somewhere somebody has to stand up and fight against it," he added.

Known for films like "Gangs Of Wasseypur", "Dev D", "Gulaal" and "No Smoking", Kashyap also said that such disclaimers are an insult to anybody who takes his work seriously.

"Warning (disclaimer) is not just distracting, it is a downright insult to anybody who takes his work seriously.

"I take my films very seriously and I feel it is very insulting that there is a key moment going on in my film and suddenly that logo (disclaimer) appears," said the filmmaker.

"Ugly" features Ronit Roy, Girish Kulkarni, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Surveen Chawla, Siddharth Kapoor and Rahul Bhatt">Rahul Bhatt in key roles.


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  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 9:48pmDonnaHarvey

    @RamanIshita ahem, so civility goes out the window here?
    YES almost all "foreign" films have that disclaimer. cigarettes are blurred out in many movies unless it is a 21+ rating. and just because something does not exist doesn't mean it should not. also, you cannot use the excuse that because others do it too, it's okay. slavery was once widespread, so was racial segregation, child marriage. just because some allowed it does not make it okay.
    fyi I am not spewing anger on this person because I hate him. I have an opinion and I am expressing it. Unless you have something valid to contribute, try not to comment on my emotional state. you must be kidding yourself if you think you can decipher emotion from a few words in the comments.

  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 9:10pmRamanIshita

    DonnaHArvey needs to calm the F*** down. How many foreign films do you see such pointless smoking disclaimers in? Stupidest thing I have ever seen.

  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 7:33pmDonnaHarvey

    *rolls eyes so much they fall out of sockets*
    PUHLEEZ! bollywood people and their hypocrisy. there is a thing called evidence based policy making, google it!
    millions of dollars in global health research are being flushed in to India, proving that anti smoking legislation is needed, especially for the lower rungs of the social ladder.
    granted there needs to be more advertisement for quitting helplines along with the anti-smoking warnings, doing nothing isn't very helpful. just because you the privileged, rich, educated man is informed about the ill-effects of smoking doesn't mean the rest of India is.
    for the greater good, just suck it up and let the health officials do their job for once, they don't wake up often in other cases.
    creative liberty you say, you've got two hours to show that. five minutes of psa won't kill the film. or is it because you could have used those five minutes to feature paid ads that garner you tons of corporate dollar? I like your work but when you act solely out of self interest, I question your value as sympathetic human being.
    DO NOT try to manipulate people into support your minority cause. we need this legislation, that is why it is put in place.
    there is a reason the developing world has higher smoking rates that the developed countries. it is because people like you who advocate on behalf of the tobacco companies. I wonder how much of your films are paid for by them behind closed doors.
    I just...gahhh this angers me to no end, trying to persuade people to support a cause that will harm them in the end. errr!

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  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 4:00pmdilkhushme

    He's. Lost. It !
    If it's not a publicity stunt, then he's just making a fool outta himself. I mean, come again, just because he does'nt want his oh-sucha-glorious-flash-of-the-movie to be apparently "ruined", he wants to stop a disclaimer which promotes mass awareness ! O.o It's downright hilarious hearing him say that for this baseless reason he's all "set out to seek justice" He's funny !

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  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 2:57pm-SharNeela-

    So no disclaimer on item songs saying "Only because you are enjoying nearly naked women on screen doesn't give you the right to rape them"??? What a a stunt for publicity!!! Old skool dear..try something new!

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  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 1:52pmPrinceASRsDhani

    Well, I wonder how many people actually follow the disclaimers anyway!?
    Having, and not having are equal...
    It's only useful if people will actually listen...
    It's a human mentality he will do whatever is asked him or her not to do...And habits always remain even if it means giving your own life...
    But Anurag sir keep fighting I hope censor board never listen you...
    If not during the film at least just in the starting and during the interval would be fine!
    At first place, it would give your film an appreciation but anyways I hope you aren't publicizing smoking anyways!?
    Not having anti-smoking warning states that...
    Does it also means that the other film directors that has it, don't take their work seriously!?
    Hmm interesting!
    If you have to fight...Fight for the right of people not movie that you don't even know would be ugly or beautiful!?

  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 12:43pmprincessonline

    Hopefully, they don't give into his demands so he and others like him remember the rules before making a movie. He's okay with promoting smoking to thousands of people, regardless of its harmful effects all because he wants his movie to be taken seriously and the signs detract from that? What a joke! Glad these signs will pop up and help stop people glamorizing smoking. To me it seems as if he has lost it!

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  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 11:56amaltuphalu

    So, he never knew that he would have to have these disclaimers?
    What an idiot! Seems like it is his first movie and he has never seen any movies either where these disclaimers appear.

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  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 9:38amRishi_

    the guy is out of his mind. unnecessarily cribbing for publicity.

    censor board rocks!

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  • Posted on: 18 December 2013 at 8:14amiksha20

    I think I know where he is coming from... being a film maker it is quite distracting when that notification appears every now and then on the screen... believe it or not when you spent 18 hours a day on set standing... even these little things can be very bothersome!

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