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Woody Allen Pulls ‘Blue Jasmine’ From India Screens

Anti-smoking law interferes with film

Helmer Woody Allen used his creative control to pull “Blue Jasmine” from Indian screens rather than comply with a law that insists on an anti-smoking scroll.

Allen felt that the scroll, which by law must pop up at the bottom of a screen whenever a character lights up, distracted from his movie. PVR Cinemas’ Deepak Sharma told the DNA newspaper:  “He wasn’t comfortable with the disclaimer that we are required to run when a smoking scene is shown in films. He feels that when the scroll comes, attention goes to it rather than the scene. We had to abide by the law, and we don’t have control over the film.”

Blue Jasmine,” which stars Cate Blanchett, was scheduled to open in Indian screens this weekend. The Indian Central Board of Film Certification has sometimes been able to get filmmakers to cut and changes scenes, but there have been filmmakers who have opted not to have their movies shown in India instead. Previously “Eyes Wide Shut” wasn’t shown in India because Stanley Kubrick, who died before its release, had final cut.

A rep for Allen told Reuters:  “Allen was adamant that he wanted the film to be shown as he had made it, without any additions to the print.

“Due to content in the film, it cannot be shown in India in its intended manner. Therefore, the film is not scheduled to play there.”

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