This is breaking now and ONLY ON SPOTBOYE.COM. Taapsee Pannu and Abhishek Bachchan's smoking shots have been deleted by Anurag Kashyap (director). Ditto for the shot when Taapsee Pannu is thinking about her ex-lover Vicky Kaushal while entering the gurudwara for her marriage with Abhishek. Anurag is in France. Did the producers Aanand L Rai and Eros International take the step?

Ab hua yeh tha you know that the Sikh community had strongly objected to the smoking scenes as Taapsee and Abhishek play Sikhs in the film and the Sikh religion does not permit smoking. We had brought you the story this afternoon that Anurag had rendered an apology to the Sikhs. But we guess just the apology was not enough. The objection was not going to be waved off until rectifications were made. The water had apparently come up to the neck. One more scene Sikhs were up in arms against: The shot where Taapsee thinks of her ex Vicky Kushal before entering the gurudwara for her marriage to Abhishek. The new Censor Certificate has been taken. A total duration of 1.41 minutes has been cut, which involves 3 shots in total. Take a look at the new Censor Certificate obtained. We have a copy and we bring it to you below:

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New Censor Certificate

Anurag had given his explanation on Twitter, saying, “I am not in India and I have been reading about the Sikh community feeling offended by the smoking scene. This film is not commenting on a community, it talks about individuals and their choices. Every step of the way, we asked for guidance from Sikh people for the film.

When we shot the sequence in Gurudwara , we were told we can’t shoot them getting married as it can’t be faked so I made the actors do only “Mattha tekna.“ When we were shooting scenes, no member of crew was allowed to smoke inside the houses. When we shot the smoking scene, it was shot on the street and there were close to 150 people watching the shoot. We asked before doing the scene and were told that he has to take the Turban off before he smokes away from his house. We were also shown how Robbie should take the turban off with both hands and how he should hand it over and how the cousin should take it.

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Vicky Kaushal And Taapsee Pannu In Manmarziyaan

Most of the 150 people in the crowd were Sikhs and we were told that’s how it is. We created what we saw with our own eyes and after discussion. It was never the intention to hurt the community and why would we do that when we got so much love from them. The city of Amritsar opened their hearts and doors to us and everything was done with utmost care. Not a single thing was shot without guidance. We wanted to show things the way they are. No religion teaches crime or anything anti-humanity, yet those things happen. It doesn’t mean they are offending the religion.

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Abhishek Bachchan And Taapsee Pannu In Manmarziyaan

Manmarziyaan is a story of three individuals and not their religion. I am sorry if anyone feels genuinely hurt but I would also request that please don’t make this unnecessary political because it’s not. I have always put out things the way they are without an agenda. Technology does not allow us to cut a scene and it affects the story telling. So I definitely cannot do that now. To those whose hurt is genuine, I offer a genuine apology, that wasn’t my intention. And for those who are doing it for attention , I am glad you have got the attention.”

CBFC official Tushar Karmarkar, the signatory on the above certificate, confirmed with SpotboyE.com ten minutes back that he had endorsed the changes in Manmarxiyaan brought to him by the makers. Anurag, on the other hand said, "This is a fake certificate. CBFC has not issued any search order. You must talk to CBFC." And when we later told him that we had, he still stuck to his guns. A quick question: Was Anurag not kept in the loop?

Anyway, the long and short of it now is that it seems that agar abhi aap Manmarziyyan dekhoge toh aapko 3 shots nahin dikhenge. Manmarziyaan released last week and got fairly good reviews.


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