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Udta Punjab: Anurag Kashyap says govt messing with the wrong person

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

The war of words between film maker Anurag Kashyap and BJP-led central government over his film /Udta Punjab /has intensified.

Late on Tuesday night, Kashyap the producer of Udta Punjab, hit out at the Narendra Modi government as well as supporters of the BJP in a series of tweets.

He particularly targeted Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, saying "I have worked closely with MoS Mr Rathore on censorship issues. And I have all our texts and messages saved so if the govt is trying to make their incompetence look good, then they have picked a wrong person".

Earlier on Tuesday, Kashyap had hit out at the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party for "politicising his battle against censorship"

Both Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi criticised the BJP government for the CBFC's censoring of Udta Punjab.

The film, which stars Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh deals with the drug menace in Punjab and its nexus with politics and the administration. The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal had voiced its objections to the film saying that it insults Punjab. AAP and Congress have accused the Akalis of being behind the CBFC's action against the film.

The CBFC has gone to the extent of suggesting that all references to Punjab - including the name of the film - need to be removed.

Alia Bhatt who stars in the film also voiced her protest by invoking Nobel laureate Malala Yusufzai.

On Tuesday Rathore took on Kashyap for comparing India with North Korea.

"Do you think you are living in North Korea? We can have a vote here, it is a democracy," Rathore said.

This is the tweet by Kashyap he was responding to.

First published: 8 June 2016, 8:48 IST
 
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