Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has lent support to comedian Kunal Kamra by not flying in IndiGo Airlines. He chose Vistara instead. “No @IndiGo6E.. on @airvistara .. in solidarity with @kunalkamra88,” Kashyap tweeted on Monday. Kashyap came out in support of Kamra after the latter was banned from four airlines including IndiGo, Air India, GoAir and SpiceJet. Kamra was banned after his in-flight encounter with news anchor Arnab Goswami during an IndiGo flight a few days ago. Also Read - Forceful Eviction of COVID-19 Treating Doctors: AIIMS Writes to HM Shah Against Landlords
Anurag Kashyap landed in Calcutta seven hours before a programme scheduled for Monday evening and he did not mind. Speaking to Telegraph India, the filmmaker said, “I was booked on IndiGo by the organisers to come to Dum Dum…. After Kamra was banned, I told the organisers I will not fly IndiGo. I told them I will not fly this airline because I thought the ban was very unreasonable….My thing is: there is nothing I can do about it. It does not make much of a difference. But as I wanted to register my dissent, I thought that I would not fly IndiGo. I want to fly Vistara. The IndiGo flight was on Monday afternoon and the Vistara flight was in the morning. They (the organisers) informed (me) that to fly Vistara, you have to wake up at 4am. I said, ‘I will wake up at 4am, but I will not fly IndiGo”. Also Read - 'Stop Spreading Rumours and Educate Yourself': Airline Employee on Being Ostracised Over Coronavirus | WATCH
Kunal Kamra had approached Arnab Goswami during the flight and unleashed a barrage of questions on him, over the latter’s coverage of national affairs and the suicide of Rohith Vemula in particular, on his new channel. Vemula was a Dalit activist and scholar at the Hyderabad University. After Kamra’s diatribe against Arnab, IndiGo banned the comedian from flying for six months. Also Read - 'Such Behaviour Cannot be Permitted': Delhi HC Dismisses Kunal Kamra's Plea Challenging Flying Ban
In an interview to The Telegraph, Kashyap, who was in Kolkata for an event on Monday, spoke about his decision to boycott IndiGo.