Woody Allen Pulls Indian Release of Blue Jasmine
In another wave of unpleasant news for Woody Allen, the director made the decision to pull the premiere of his newest film Blue Jasmine from its scheduled release this past weekend in India.
Deadline reports that Allen chose to do this in order to avoid government censorship of certain scenes that featured characters smoking. The Indian government would have mandated that filmmakers insert anti-smoking warnings onscreen during these scenes.
“Due to content in the film, it cannot be shown in India in its intended manner,” one of Allen’s representatives commented on the decision. “Therefore, the film is not scheduled to play there.”
According to PVR Pictures, the distributor that would have been responsible for the film’s release in more than 30 Indian theaters, Allen felt that “when the [warning] comes, attention goes to it rather than the scene.”
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