'Bollywood filmmakers are damned if we do, damned if we don’t': Kashyap defends his tweets against PM, but says he didn't demand an apology
- Anurag Kashyap has attracted criticism for his Tweet about Modi
- Now he adds Facebook post to explain the reason for his Tweets
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18:46 EST, 18 October 2016
18:46 EST, 18 October 2016
Angry: Anurag Kashyap
Anurag Kashyap is an angry man. And he’s fed up of clarifying his stance on the Pakistani artists’ ban.
And that’s why he ranted in a series of tweets to PM Narendra Modi asking pertinent questions about why an art form should suffer when there is geo-political unrest which wasn’t foreseen.
After he put out those tweets, the media had a field day, going on to mention how Kashyap had ‘demanded an apology from PM Modi’.
Anurag has now clarified his stance and the reason behind his tweets through a Facebook post.
“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.
“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), I merely 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.
Not everyone was critical of his Tweets (above) but he was forced to explain on Facebook
“Neither was aware of future events or mood. Yet only one pays the price. I’m also well aware 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.”
The whole explanation as it appers on Facebook, which was also widely criticised
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