Anurag Kashyap cannot evade anti Tobacco disclaimers in his movies yet, the Bombay High Court has refused to give the filmmaker any leverage in deleting the warnings in his new movie. How ever, the court has allowed Kashyap to approach the Central Government which has framed the rules with regard to depiction of tobacco use in films and other media presentations. Judges Mohit Shah and MS Sanklecha have also suggested that the Central Government take a decision on Kashyap’s petition as soon as possible.
Anurag Kashyap had approached the court in September last year, submitting his new film, “Ugly” for censoring, with a request to allow him to not add any anti tobacco messages in the film as is generally stipulated by the censors. The Censor Bureau has expressed inablility to comply with his request as the rule cannot be changed. Then Kashayp went to the Bombay High Court, saying that the rule imposition infringes upon his creative freedom and fundamental right of speech and expression.
The film industry since long has been saying that the Tobacco, alcohol depiction rules in creative media are too stringent and are meaningless as there are already age wise film certification rules are in place.