Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap today announced that he will not fly IndiGo till their ban on comedian Kunal Kamra is revoked. According to the 47-year old director, who was travelling from Mumbai to Kolkata to attend an event was booked on IndiGo by the organisers.
The director, however, took an early morning Vistara flight to Kolkata and landed seven hours before the event in the city, instead of taking an afternoon IndiGo that he was earlier booked on.
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“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,” Kashyap was qouted saying to The Telegraph.
“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’,” Anurag Kashyap said.
On January 29, comedian Kunal Kamra was was suspended from flying by IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir for allegedly heckling journalist Arnab Goswami on one of IndiGo planes. The airline had said the artist’s behaviour on its flight 6E 5317 was “unacceptable”.
Rohit Mateti, The pilot in command on the Indigo flight, wrote a letter to the airline stating that the airline should have consulted him before banning the comedian.
Kamra has filed a legal notice to IndiGo seeking an unconditional apology from the airline as well as monetary compensation of 25 lakh for causing him “mental pain and agony”.