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The filmmaker has been ordered to remove a ‘quote’, supposedly from the Mahabharata, from the posters of his next
Ram Gopal Varma is embroiled in a brand new controversy. The posters of his upcoming film, Rakht Charitra, have encountered censor issues in Hyderabad, because they mention the Mahabharata.
The censor board has objected to a ‘quote’ used from the epic. Now, Ramu has no option but to remove it from all the posters of his film.
Our source said, “The posters of Ramu’s film have a catch line that reads, `Revenge is the purest emotion’ Mahabharata’.
The censor board in Hyderabad objected to this and asked the producers of the film, Cinergy and Ram Gopal Varma, to remove this supposed reference to the Mahabharata.
The censor board told them that there is no proof that the quote in question, ‘Revenge is the purest emotion’, is indeed from the Mahabharata. They have asked for it to be removed. However, all the poster designs have already been made and distributed. Now, the producers have no option but to change each one of them, which involves a huge cost.”
The producer of the film, Sheetal Talwar, said, “Yes, they have asked us to remove it. We believe that the sentiments of the people are important and if this hurts them then we will remove it.”
When asked about the extra expenditure due to this last-minute change, he shrugged, “That’s not important at all. The censor has raised something from a regional perspective and there is an issue. We are ready to remove it.”
And through this, Ramu has remained nonchalant. He said, “The censor board questioned me on how I could quote the Mahabharata. However, the epic predominantly deals with revenge, betrayal and friction between families, which is exactly what my film is about. I therefore felt that it is the right quote to use. But the censor board felt otherwise and we had to remove it now.”
A quote is used verbatim Ramu, never as an interpretation! Un-khot!
By Subhash K. Jha, October 13, 2010 – 11:31 IST
After valiantly crying out loud against the comprehensive cuts ordered by the censor board producer Kumar Mangat has quietly accepted an ‘Adults Only’ censor certificate for Aakrosh, apparently without consulting the director Priyadarshan who’s currently in London shooting producer Ratan Jain’s thriller Tezz.
The certification of the hard hitting film for Adults has not gone down well with Priyadarshan who feels young people in the country need to understand the topical issue of honour killing.
Priyadarshan was adamant that the film get a ‘UA’ certification which would have made Aakrosh accessible to kids under parental guidance.
Argues Priyan, “I think children must see the film and understand what gruesome barbaric conventions and traditions still run a part of our society. Of course Aakrosh is violent at times. You mean to tell me kids today are not subjected to violence when they see the news on television?”
Producer Kumar Mangat who quietly accepted the ‘Adults’ rating has another story to tell. “The censor board had ordered 30 cuts for Aakrosh to avoid an Adults rating. If we had complied, the film would have ended up mutilated and disjointed. We instead preferred to take an Adults certificate with just two cuts in the visuals and dialogues.” Two scathing references to caste differences have been muted in the dialogues.
Reasons Mangat, “I don’t think it was a big sacrifice to make. These cuts don’t make any difference to the storytelling.”
When asked to delete a nude scene from Crook , the makers threw a fit. But the Censors didn’t budge. The film had to make do with an ‘A’ (certificate, not grade)
Producer Mahesh Bhatt is at a “crooked” crossroad. The filmmaker was told that if he wanted a U/A certificate for Crook, he would have to edit out a scene with a topless woman in it. Alternatively, he could keep the scene and have his film get an ‘A’ certificate. Bhatt chose the latter.
Though the director of the film, Mohit Suri, tried to convince him otherwise, Bhatt insisted that the film be released as ‘Adults Only’.
Last Tuesday saw a major showdown at the Censor screening of Crook, which was attended by Mohit Suri and Mukesh Bhatt. An actress called Shella Alan has performed the topless scene in question, which was shot in Australia.
Says a source, “In the film, Emraan Hashmi (the male lead in Crook) gets drunk and passes out in Shella’s car. He wakes up in her bed, and when he comes out from the washroom he sees her changing her clothes, with her back to him.”
According to the source, Mahesh questioned the Censor Board’s decision to allow frontal nudity in films like Ram Teri Ganga Maili, whereas his film shows side nudity only. The Censor members found this argument bordering on blasphemy and completely disagreed with it.
Mohit Suri and Mukesh Bhatt then called up Mahesh Bhatt, who told him in no uncertain terms that the scene couldn’t be done away with under any circumstances.
Turns out, Shella had no issues in doing the topless scene. Reveals Mohit Suri, “I asked her if she wanted to wear a body suit but she said she was fine without it. I understood Bhatt saab’s perspective. I wanted a U/A but we are fine.”
Bhatt admitted to having had an argument with Suri but said, “It’s okay. I was not ready to eliminate that scene. I see nothing wrong in it. There are three reasons why I was so possessive about the scene. One, it is relevant to the film. Two, it creates a dramatic impact. Three, the audience today largely comprises of the young generation who want certain sensationalism and not the so-called purists.” Now now, Bhatt saab… why put it on youngsters?
BOMBAY TIMES (October 2, 2010)
It’s got all the necessary ingredients for a fast-paced thriller, one that promises to set your pulses racing. The Sanjay Dutt, Kangna Ranut starrer Knock Out, which is set to hit theatres on October 15, is already making the right waves. In fact, the members of the censor board were so impressed by the movie that they have given it a U/A rating. Now the censor board members are normally not allowed to express their opinion about a film. However, one of them liked Knock Out so much that he immediately called up the producer, Sohail Maklai and told him that he loved it.
Knock Out is the story about Sanjay Dutt, a new-age lone ranger who has the latest weapons and gadgets at his fingertips. He trusts and depends on no one. Working alone, he effortlessly uses his wit, skills, and love for stealth technology to manipulate and trap his elusive target.
The target, Irrfan Khan, is a streetsmart investment banker, a man who unwittingly holds the key to India’s destiny. He is a man consumed by his own obsessions, an extremely clever and unstoppable foe. Through a brilliant play of truth and pretense, Sanjay strips Irrfan of his arrogance and attitude, opens his heart and confounds his brain, locking him in a tangle beyond redemption, a tangle which can only be unraveled one way… leading to the biggest ‘counterheist’ in the history of this nation.
Hot on the trail of these two men is hard-nosed television journalist, Kangna Ranaut. As the film reaches its action-packed climax, the entire country becomes a witness to the live action that unfolds before television cameras. For a nation that has endured political thieves for six decades, this counter-heist of a massive scale wakes them up in a way nothing has ever done before.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 1, 2010 – 15:57 IST
Just a few weeks back, we had reported that Aakrosh was stuck in censor problems as there were approximately 30 cuts that were requested within the film. Director Priyadarshan and producer Kumar Mangat, who were livid with the imposition, approached the Revising Committee.
Aakrosh which stars Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu and Paresh Rawal in lead roles is based on the fictitious town of Jhanjhargaon in North India, which starts with the disappearance of three college students who go to watch the Ramleela staged in their village. A few days later, they are reported to have been killed. Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna play the two CBI officers from Delhi sent to the village to investigate the mysterious deaths. That’s when they discover a thriving nexus between police and local politicians in caste-related murders.
The latest on this, is that the film has been granted an ‘A’ certificate with just a measly five cuts by the Revising Committee, a drastic improvement from the initially asked for 30. With this new certificate, Aakrosh is all set to release on October 15.
By Subhash K. Jha, September 28, 2010 – 13:20 IST
There is no honour in honour killings. And there is certainly none in the censor board clamping down on the dialogues and scenes depicting this gruesome age-old ritual that has lately made a comeback into our lives.
The censor board has clamped down heavily on the dialogues and visual of Priyadarshan’s Aakrosh, a film on honour killing. Ironically, the Aakrosh producer Kumar Mangat’s earlier film Omkara which replicated the visual and vocal violence of the same North Indian backwater town as Aakrosh got away scot-free with its abusive soundtrack and visceral violence.
But then as the producer Mangat explains, “We had agreed to take an Adults certification for Omkara. We want a UA (for children under parental guidance) for Aakrosh.”
Sounding discernibly upset from Chennai the prolific Priyan, says, “This is the first time in my entire career of 25 years and 81 films that a film of mine has got into censor trouble. And I am not amused. On the one hand, I am accused of selling-out to mindless comedies. None of my supposedly mindless comedies have ever got into trouble. On the other hand, when I make an issue-based film it gets stuck. How will I do something meaningful when our moral guardians don’t seem to believe in my vision?”
Priyan admits there are shocking scenes of violence in the film. But he feels they are indispensable to the theme.
Argues the director, “How can I put across a social issue without hard-hitting visuals? Let the film go to the revising committee. My producer Kumar Mangat and I are not accepting any cuts.”
Priyan insists Aakrosh occupies the entertainment space and he wants it to be accessible to young viewers. “It is hard-hitting. But not an offbeat experimental film. We want younger generations to watch the film, to become aware of the frightening reality that surrounds their existence. Unless we let younger viewers grow aware of the reality we can’t change the aberrations in society. So yes, I won’t settle for an A certificate. Let me make films that have a social purpose. Or I go back to making De Dana Dan.”
By Subhash K. Jha, September 25, 2010 – 11:24 IST
The scandal-prone new film Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun has gotten itself into trouble with the Censor Board. Blurbs boasting that it is Indian cinema’s first gay love story have apparently not encouraged the censors to loosen up and act liberated.
The Censor Board has clamped down heavily on the love-making sequences between the film’s leading man Kapil Sharma and the Delhi-based model Yuvraaj Parasher who plays Sharma’s lover. Apparently the film, which also features stalwarts Zeenat Aman and Helen, is carpeted with smooching and love-making sequences between the two guys. There is also a lingering gay love-making scene which goes all the way. It apparently had the ladies in the Censor Board walking off in a moral huff and eventually asking the film’s director Sanjay Sharma to delete the torrid kissing sequence and the love-making sequence.
The film’s leading man who says he’s straight in real life, is appalled by the hypocrisy of the Censor Board. “Why should the Censors be scandalized if two men are kissing and making love? My sequences with my screen partner go as far as the scenes showing a guy and girl doing it in our films. And let me tell you, some of these heterosexual sequences are extremely vulgar. The ones in my film are very aesthetic. And so what if it’s two men making love? Love is love regardless of gender.”
The film’s makers have now submitted their film to the revising committee where they hope the ostensibly objectionable sequences will be reviewed.
Says Kapil, “The Censor Board objected to the kissing and love-making scenes. They asked us to delete them. We refused. We aren’t trying to create any kind of sleazy stuff here. Ours is the first ever serious gay love-story. The intimacy is essential. Our film is now with the revising committee.”
This isn’t the first mainstream film to show intimacy between two men. In Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, there was masculine passion in the form of a kiss between Samir Soni and his screen partner. Bhandarkar voluntarily snipped it out. Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s Pankh had a smooch between Maradona Rebello and his screen partner. In Onir’s I Am Rahul Bose and Arjun Mathur play a gay couple and have a kissing sequence.
Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun is the first film to show a gay love-making sequence. Defends Kapil Sharma, “It is sensual and bold, but not at all vulgar. It’s like any lovemaking between a guy and a girl. Why should we delete it?”
Yuvraaj Parasher who has gone nude for the camera plays Sharma’s gay partner . He adds, “I feel cinema and the audience have changed. I never wanted to make my debut as a collegian wooing a chick on a bike. When I was selected to play gay in the audition, I was elated. I’d rather do something unconventional.”
Speaking about making love to a guy on camera, Yuvraaj says, “It was awkward. After doing it with Kapil we avoided each other. Finally we looked at one another and burst laughing.”
Maybe Rituparno Ghosh who constantly has a problem casting his gay characters should meet these two guys.
The Ajay Devgn-Akshaye Khanna starrer Aakrosh is out of steam all of a sudden. It turns out the film has been stuck with the censor board, which has asked for multiple cuts now.
Obviously, producer Kumar Mangat and director Priyadarshan are quite displeased and are of the opinion that the cuts are not justified. The two will soon approach the revising committee for the film.
A source close to the production house said,“Both Mangat and Priyan were not happy with the cuts. They were not ready to accept the U/A certificate and they are now approaching the revising committee. The film releases on October 8 and there is very little time left for them.”
Alpana Sharma, regional Officer of the censor board said, “The examining committee recommended some cuts and they are not ready to accept that.
There is no problem and the cuts recommended are for certain derogatory comments about the CBI, some about women and a few are references made towards people’s castes. It is up to them if they want to appeal to the revising committee.”
The producer had to do away with controversial names and phrases from 332 Mumbai To India, based on the Rahul Raj BEST bus encounter
Sangeeth Sivan’s decision to turn producer with his so-called “realistic” film on the October 2008 Rahul Raj BEST bus encounter, did not go down well with the Censor Board. Sivan’s film 332 Mumbai To India, directed by Mahesh Pande has undergone several editing sessions since members of the Censor Board watched it.
Our source said, “It took over a month for Sivan to get his censor certificate. There were as many as 20 dialogue cuts in the film and although Sivan and his director Mahesh Pande fought hard for every cut, they finally had no option but to beep or mute the names of many prominent people in the film.
These included references to prominent people like Amitabh Bachchan, Ambani’s, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Raj Thackeray.”
Though the above-mentioned names were deleted Sivan and Pande apparently fought hard to retain the names of Dhoni and Tendular. The producer-director duo opted to mute Thackeray’s name but they could not prevent the other cuts from happening.
The chopping has upset Sivan tremendously. Especially, when he was asked to cut out words like ‘bhaiya’ and ‘Marathi’, Sivan feels that the essence of the film is now lost.”
When contacted, a distraught Sivan lamented, “I only feel that there should be a particular guideline for everyone, a set rule, which we all are aware of: that we can’t do this and that certain things will be objected to. Here, what happens is that a few privileged ones get away with everything and that is much more controversial than the content of our film.
My problem is that when we make a commercial film, I would never object to certain cuts but when I’m making a realistic film, then these kinds of verbal cuts affects it. The worst thing is that everyone knows that it is the truth and someone has to take a stand.
However, we are a small film and we neither have the budget nor the power to oppose this and land ourselves in a controversy. So we agreed. But I just wish that someone would take a stand and say that it’s high time we sit and change these age-old rules.”
When contacted Alpana Sharma, Regional Officer of the Censor Board said, “Yes the cuts have been added as there were famous names mentioned in the film in a derogatory manner.”
Once upon a time not so long ago (in 2002) when Ajay Devgn played Dawood Ibrahim in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company, he was shown smoking or holding a cigarette throughout the film.
No one objected. Now when Devgn plays another underworld character in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he’s again shown chain-smoking. Much water has flown since the time Company was released. Until very recently, the censors clamped down on any character holding a cancer stick.
In fact, censor chief Sharmila Tagore was at her wit’s end when in April this year the government sent the censor board a circular stating that if any character in any film lights up a cigarette, the film automatically gets certified for adult viewing.
|A still from Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai|
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai has been awarded a ‘UA’ certificate. How did the film get away with it? Director Milan Luthria says, “Ajay’s character in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai smokes less than he did in Company. We had to put a disclaimer at the beginning of the film in both Hindi and English saying, ‘Smoking is injurious to health’. I think this shows a sign of maturity on the censor board’s part. It’s the character not the actor who’s smoking.”