Taking a tough stance to ensure his art is untouched, Woody Allen refused to release “Blue Jasmine” in India because of the government”s anti-tobacco requirements.
In the country, films are preceded by an anti-tobacco ad and scenes depicting smoking have anti-tobacco text messages inserted into them.
A spokesman for the director”s publicists stated, “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.”
Meanwhile, the Indian distributor of the movie, PVR Pictures COO Deepak Sharma told DNA newspaper, “He wasn”t comfortable with the disclaimer that we are required to run when some smoking scene is shown in films. He feels that when the scroll comes, attention goes to it rather than the scene.”
Starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, the flick follows a New York socialite who flees to her sister in San Francisco to escape her troubles in the city.