has decided to pull the India release of his latest film Blue Jasmine over the weekend, in protest of the government's wish to insert anti-smoking warnings onscreen, during two scenes in which characters light up. Here's what his representatives had to say about it:
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.
Blue Jasmine, which stars , was scheduled to open in 30 theaters across India, however the Indian distributor PVR Pictures had no choice but to respect Allen's creative control, allowing for his refusal to compromise the film's presentation in order to accommodate Indian law. PVR’s Deepak Sharma told the BBC:
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.
Have you been able to catch Blue Jasmine yet, and if so, do you think it is Oscar worthy?