Anurag Kashyap's Manmarziyaan has been locked in a controversy over a smoking scene in the film by Junior Bachchan and it is Sikh community who are crossing the sword with the producers of the film.
Though the director of the film, Anurag Kashyap, defended the scene, the Supreme Sikh Organisation, a Sikh organization, has already moved a petition in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The controversial shot of the film shows Abhishek Bachchan smoking after taking off his turban. The organization said: “The filmmakers have not only hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikhs, but they have also made an attempt to distort the Sikh principles.”
In the sequence, Abhishek Bachchan who plays Robbie, a Sikh, is seen as solemnizing his marriage rituals in a gurudwara. Soon after the ritual, he goes out, removes his turban and smokes a cigarette. The Sikhs are up in arms against the filmmaker.
Taking to Twitter, director of the movie, Anurag Kashyap wrote that the film was not commenting on any community and he asked people to not make this a political issue. The director said that they were guided by over 150 people on the sets of the film, all of whom were Sikhs. He also apologised for hurting the religious sentiments of the community saying that it was unintentional. "Every step of the way, we asked for guidance from Sikh people for the film... When we shot the smoking scene, it was shot on the street and there were close to 150 people watching the shoot," Anurag Kashyap said in a statement.
"We asked before doing the scene and were told that he has to take the Turban off before he smokes away from his house. We were also shown how Robbie should take the turban off with both hands and how he should hand it over and how the cousin should take it. Most of the 150 people in the crowd were sikhs and we were told that's how it is," Anurag Kashyap added. (PenNews with input from UNI)