Monday, February 03, 2020

Why Anurag Kashyap landed seven hours early

Calcutta: Film director Anurag Kashyap landed in Calcutta seven hours before a programme scheduled for Monday evening. He did not mind.

He had to wake up at 4am for the flight. He did not mind.

“I will wake up at 4am but I will not fly IndiGo,” Kashyap told The Telegraph.

Not until “Kunal Kamra is allowed to fly”.

At the greenroom of Rabindra Bhavan in Dum Dum, where he had been invited to open a film fest, the filmmaker said: “I was booked on IndiGo by the organisers to come to Dum Dum…. After Kamra was banned, I told the organisers I will not fly IndiGo. I told them I will not fly this airline because I thought the ban was very unreasonable….

“My thing is: there is nothing I can do about it. It does not make much of a difference. But as I wanted to register my dissent, I thought that I would not fly IndiGo. I want to fly Vistara. The IndiGo flight was on Monday afternoon and the Vistara flight was in the morning. They (the organisers) informed (me) that to fly Vistara, you have to wake up at 4am. I said, ‘I will wake up at 4am, but I will not fly IndiGo’.”

At Rabindra Bhavan, around 5.30pm, the emcee introduced Kashyap as the person “who humbly declined to fly by IndiGo to show solidarity with Kunal Kamra”. The audience erupted in thunderous applause.

In his address, Kashyap, director of path-breaking films like Black Friday, Gangs of Wasseypur and Dev.D, said: “Gone are the days when artistes or even the common man could afford to be politically correct. It is time that we all took a stand against the government that does not respect you.”

Kashyap flew from Mumbai to Calcutta with Vistara on Monday.
03/02/20 Subhankar Chowdhury/Telegraph
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