Anurag Kashyap clarifies he didn’t ask PM to apologise
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who was slammed for his Twitter rants against Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to apologise for his visit to Pakistan, has clarified his intention behind his comments and hit out at the media for playing with his statement for "headlines."
In a lengthy post of Facebook, the ‘Bombay Velvet’ director wrote, "I am tired of the film industry being soft targets. We are damned if we do, damned if we don't! When we don't involve ourselves, they ask, 'Why is Bollywood quiet now?' When we involve ourselves, we become the scapegoats to distract you from the real news."
"Either way they use us to sensationalise news. Still, I'd rather put my opinions out there on my own platform, then give the media a bite (byte). NO, Anurag Kashyap did not 'ask the PM to apologise' (which most of the headlines would want you to believe, no one has their mind anyways)," Anurag added.
The filmmaker clarified that he just questioned the "fairness in judgement of a situation".
"The PM visited Pakistan for talks at the same time that a filmmaker was working with a Pakistani actor. Neither was aware of future events or mood. Yet only one pays the price," he added.
In a series of tweets on October 16, Anurag had expressed his solidarity with filmmaker Karan Johar whose directorial ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ has been caught in the current turmoil between India and Pakistan, because it features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. A group of single-screen theatre owners has refused to release the film, while political party MNS has threatened Karan Johar and multiplex owners against releasing it.
Anurag’s tweet, “Narendra Modi Sir, you haven't yet said sorry for your trip to meet the Pakistani PM. It was December 25. Same time KJo was shooting 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'? Why?" – created a stir.
The filmmaker further stated that he understands that "the government did not cry 'ban' or demand that Pakistani artists be sent back, just as I'm aware that the PM himself doesn't censor my films.”
"But we elected them and so it is their responsibility to protect us from bullies - media or political parties. And when the governing party's designated members don't respond in hours of crisis because they are second guessing the mood of the PM, then I would rather talk straight to the PM himself,” he added.
"There was also sarcasm in the tweet that followed; 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' was for those mindless trollers who constantly ask for proof of your patriotism. Apparently, that's all it takes. It was a jibe at them. Patriotic slogans don't absolve you from it all. I hope this explains," Anurag wrote while saying that it was unfortunate that he had to explain his intentions, as his colleagues had to suffer because he has an opinion.