Bing Search

Movie News

©WENN / Woody Allen
© WENN / Woody Allen
Woody Allen pulls 'Blue Jasmine' from release in India


Woody Allen has pulled his new film "Blue Jasmine" from cinemas in India after learning mandatory anti-tobacco advertisements would be inserted into scenes where characters are smoking.

Indian law requires health warnings to be shown on screen when characters smoke in films, while cinemas must play anti-smoking ads before every movie, according to Reuters.

Bing: Rio Mayor offers to fund Woody's next film

Two smoking scenes in the film, which opened in 30 Indian cinemas over the weekend, had featured on-screen disclaimers, upsetting the director.

A representative for Woody Allen tells Reuters: "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."

A spokesman for Indian distributor PVR films explains, "He (Woody) 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. We had to abide by the law and we don't have control over the film."

Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
showtimes & tickets
Search by location, title, or genre: