Recently, senior cancer surgeon of Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, wrote an open letter to Messiah of new wave cinema of Bollywood, Anurag Kashyap, after the filmmaker refused to place an anti smoking warning in his film Ugly as he found the disclaimer disturbs the visual narration.
Anurag Kashyap never takes criticism in the right spirit even when addressed in the proper manner. There were many such incidents in the past; the last one being he is leaving the twitter after a fight with his followers. The advice he gives his twitter critics most time is " You'are talking through your a**". Even to a respected senior cancer surgeon of greater ranks, he told them same, it seems.
A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed at Bombay High Court by Kashyap on December 17, arguing that censor board doesn't allow his movie to release on the grounds of lack of anti smoking disclaimers in particular scenes. The filmmaker told the media that his fundamental right to speech and expression is violated.
In his open letter, Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi addressed all the arguments made by Ugly director in his petition and replied for the same. This didn't go with Anurag and he replied with harsh words for the letter.
Read Anurag's reply for Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi's open letter through the slides
He says, "I don't want to respond to people who don't know what my fight is about and talk through their a**."
All that Anurag had to say about doctor's open letter was, "
A person who makes patients sign a form before surgery, saying the doctor is not responsible, wants to hold my film responsible for the social ill of smoking and make it my responsibility. That's an irony. I don't want to respond to people who don't know what my fight is about and talk through their a**."
Kashyap Is The Maker Of No Smoking
Anurag Kashyap even made a film named No Smoking in the beginning of his directorial career. The film was about a man who is losing out his freedom and freedom of expression as his wife hires a company to stop his tobacco addiction. Even though the film didn't fetch numbers in box office, it was a critical success.
Anurag Is Separating From Kalki Koechlin
In Kashyap's No Smoking, the name of the protagonist was K. At the point of its release, he claimed that K could have Kashyap of Kafka. In the film, K was on the verge of loosing his wife because of his tobacco addiction. Interestingly, Kashyap, while battling his war against tobacco disclaimer, is also separating from his wife , Kalki Koechlin.
Ugly Is The Culprit
Ugly is Anurag Kashyap's Latest Film. It is a few scenes in Ugly which led Anurag to go to court.Health Ministry and Censor Board wanted Anurag to show Anti Smoking Disclaimers in certain scenes where characters smoke. He opines that No Smoking Disclaimers destroys the visual narration of the film and breaks the chain of make-belief which is the soul of any film.