Anurag Kashyap on UGLY case: I will fight till the end
December 18, 2013 01:08:03 PM IST By Rachana Sheth, Glamsham Editorial
Yesterday filmmaker Anurag Kashyap admitted his case in the court. Anurag had filed a petition in Bombay High Court against India's Censor Board for their objection to his refusal to add the anti-smoking disclaimers in his upcoming film UGLY sometime back. He also held a press conference for the same to bring the issue to media's notice.
''I take my films very seriously and feel very insulting about putting disclaimers or notifications before. I don't want to release UGLY with those notifications till the time I get justice. I will fight till the end because somewhere somebody has to stand and fight against it. I have my right to expression. What I feel is very unfair, mindless and pointless,'' said Anurag at the press con.
UGLY is produced by Phantom films, spearheaded by Anuarg Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantenna.
When asked Anurag why didn't he take up the issue earlier on and chose UGLY to put forth his point now, he said, ''It happened in the past also. When I made GANGS OF WASSEYPUR series (GOW), I couldn't do it because the film was owned by a studio and a lot of money was at stake. Moreover, the film was on the verge of release. However, this time around we all got together and decided collectively that this is not happening and we are not going to go with it.''
Anurag is determined and wouldn't give up on it easily. He said, ''We would even withhold the film if required. We might take it to Supreme Court, if the court doesn't agree.'' However, he is pretty hopeful about getting a positive response. ''I hope a positive response comes because having gone through on it for last few months and spending enough time with lawyers the constitution gives me that right.''
But ask him what if the film gets stuck in the entire process and he barges in, ''If the film gets stuck than our constitution is pointless.''
But is he prepared for all the consequences that the film might face? ''It is already affecting the film every day. It is affecting the monies involved and the interest keeps mounting up. It will affect our film greatly but we are ready to bear the brunt,'' Anurag shows his resoluteness.
But doesn't he feel for the social responsibility that a filmmaker is required to carry? ''Yes, being a filmmaker there is certain social responsibility. But why is that the social responsibility is not there with everybody else? Having said that, I am a very socially responsible filmmaker. I do not make films which have no point to make in the end. I am far more socailly responsible than actually many people are. I am far more socially responsible than politicians and ministers who are running this country,'' fumes Anurag on a parting note.