Why is Anurag Kashyap projecting himself as a martyr?

The only subject film buffs have been talking about lately is director Abhishek Chaubey’s controversial film, ‘Udta Punjab‘. The subject of the film is edgy, but the fact is that it’s the morbid reality of Punjab. This Shahid Kapoor-Alia Bhatt-starrer which also boasts of actors like Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh is an important film of our times, and it is really sad that the Censor Board and some political parties are milking the controversy for their own benefits. While Shahid is hoping that ‘Udta Punjab’ should be made tax free, as of now nobody (including the makers) is sure if the film will get a proper theatrical release. The trailer, songs and hoardings are already out, and the general response has been amazing.

Amidst all this brouhaha, as usual, Bollywood’s answer to world cinema, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is painting a martyr like image of himself for no apparent reason. He took to Twitter, and said, “There is no film more honest than UDTA PUNJAB .. And any person or party opposing it is actually GUILTY of promoting drugs.” Kashyap then tweeted, “I request Congress, AAP and other political parties to stay out of my battle. It’s my Rights vs the Censorship. I speak only on my behalf.” Now the fact is that ‘Udta Punjab’ is director Abhishek Chaubey’s labour of love, it has been co-produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom, and Kashyap is just a part of Phantom. From his tweets, it feels like he has himself written produced and directed ‘Udta Punjab’.

Anurag’s own film, ‘Raman Raghav 2.0,’ starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal is in trouble with the censors, thanks to the dark and shocking content. Shouldn’t Anurag focus on own his troubled film rather than being this patronising godfather, and guardian angel for his brand of cinema? Do you think the ‘Dev.D’ director should not waste time fighting trolls on the internet?

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