Thanks to two smoking scenes in his Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen pulled the film’s India release over the weekend rather than allow government-mandated anti-smoking warnings to be inserted onscreen during scenes when characters light up. His reps confirmed the move: “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.” The Oscar hopeful starring Cate Blanchett was scheduled to open in the territory in 30 theaters. India distributor PVR Pictures had no choice but to defer to Allen who retained creative control over the pic and refused to make “customizations” to accommodate India law. “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,” PVR’s Deepak Sharma told BBC. Blue Jasmine has taken in $49.8M globally to date, with $18.5M coming from foreign box office.
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