Anurag Kashyap files a petition against the ‘No Smoking’ guideline to be followed by directors

Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming venture ‘Ugly’ was scheduled to release on 11 October 2013, but was, all of a sudden postponed to next year. Nothing much was said by the director about the film being pushed. Recently some light has been put on the reasons.

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It is rumored that the reason why the film was postponed was that Kashyap was unwilling to carry the ‘Cigarette smoking is injurious to health’ disclaimer during the smoking scenes shown in the film. There is buzz around that Anurag went out of way and filed a petition against the guidelines which make it an obligation to insert the warning in any scene in which the actor is shown smoking.

Vivek Rangachari of DAR Motion Pictures, which is co-producing the project, said, “Our director is having an issue with the Censor Board and we stand by him.” A spokesperson for Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films, said, “The CBFC has directed us to insert a disclaimer in shots where a cigarette is visible, for the film to be certified. We are not carrying the disclaimer and are currently engaged in a dialogue with the Board. If the issue is not sorted out to our satisfaction, we will consider other options.”

This argument is not really new to Bollywood. Earlier film maker, Woody Allen too had refused to follow the guidelines and had declined to release his film Blue Jasmine in India. He stood by his decision till the end.  Apparently, this time Anurag is extremely stubborn and is not ready to compromise. Reportedly,  another of his upcoming films, Bombay Velvet, starring Ranbir Kapoor also has many smoking scenes.

After all this fuss, the tentative date of the release of Ugly is January 3.

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