Wading into the row over ban on the release of films with Pakistani artistes due to tension between the two countries, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap Sunday said when Indian filmmakers are being penalized, the prime minister should also apologize for his Lahore trip.
Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI)’s decision has put a question mark on the release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hain Mushkil”, featuring Fawad Khan, by announcing no films with Pakistani actors will be screened in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Karnataka in the aftermath of Uri attack.
Kashyap, 44, said that why should only filmmakers, who have completed shoot of their respective films, have to face the situation of a ban. “@narendramodi Sir you haven’t yet said sorry for your trip to meet the Pakistani PM.. It was dec 25th. Same time KJo was shooting ADHM? Why?” Kashyap wrote on Twitter.
“@narendramodi why is it that we have to face it while you can be silent?” Bringing into focus the money that the producers’ would lose when a film’s release is stalled, the “Bombay Velvet” helmer, said, “(PM Modi,) you actually diverted your trip on our tax money, while the film shot then was on money on which someone here pays interest.” “I am just trying to understand the situation because I am actually dumb and I don’t get it. Sorry if you feel offended..
Btw Bharat Mata ki Jai Sir @narendramodi,” Kashyap tweeted. Facing flak for his remarks, Kashyap later tweeted that he is complaining because he has the right to question the PM and seek protection for the “vulnerable” film industry even as he lashed out at “fanatics who stop others from having a conversation with the PM.”.
“Just to make it clear, I complain because I expect my government to protect us, I question the PM because I have every right to.. I am not going to address a party that has become redundant and irrelevant and is trying to find relevance again by using the film industry,” the director wrote, apparently taking a dig at the MNS, which has been campaigning against Pakistani artistes.
He said the film industry has always been vulnerable and needs protection. “We have been vulnerable for long, and have been paying the price by being used by everyone to find any kind of standing.
” Kashyap said the real trade between the two countries across the border has not faced any kind of opposition. “And yes sir @narendramodi we need protection..
It’s really high time….” “I refuse to live in the fear created by blind fanatics that you cannot have a conversation with your PM or question him or expect from him.
“I would rather ask my questions directly to the PM than trying to impress him by fake nationalism of banning ‘what puts you in news’.
And media should stop trying to call me because you are wasting your time, because this all that I have to say and they were not drunk tweets,” he wrote.