Remember how Anurag Kashyap filed a petition in the Supreme court to not have the anti-smoking ad before his film Ugly? The war just got really intense with a certain cancer surgeon, Dr.Pankaj Chaturvedi opposing strictly to the petition and Anurag and this doctor have got into a war of words regarding this issue now issuing statements against each other with the media after the doctor has written a letter to Anurag Kashyap about this.
Dr.Pankaj Chaturvedi, who works at the Tata Memorial hospital and is a member of the NGO, ‘Action Council Against Tobacco in India’ spoke to the media about the issue saying, “I am dismayed. The Supreme Court has directed the censor board to make filmmakers display warning in every scene that shows people smoking. Every day, nearly 3,000 people die due to tobacco-related cancer. At TMH, we receive 50,000 new cases annually and most of them are tobacco-related cancer patients.”
To which, Anurag Kashyap known for his brutal honesty and sarcasm replied saying, ” 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 ass.”
The CBFC (Central board of film certification), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology are yet to take a decision on the matter.