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By Tehelka.com, February 7, 2011 – 09:45 IST
Sharmila Tagore tells RISHI MAJUMDER why the censor board is not running a popularity contest
Sharmila Tagore completes her tenure with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on 5 February. But she has been requested to stay on till the CBFC finds a suitable successor. During Tagore’s tenure, the CBFC has come into conflict with a radically changing film industry. Scenes have been cut, adult certificates doled out, and some films denied certification altogether. At her home in Vasant Vihar in New Delhi, the 64-year-old sits relaxed against a cushy sofa. Rugs line the floor. The walls are covered with art and family photographs. She sips a cup of tea as TEHELKA brings up the criticism levelled against her as chairperson of the CBFC. “I have been misquoted in the papers,” she says. “But we have to put our side there as well.” And she begins to reply – adamant at times, but never losing that calm. Edited excerpts:
The documentary Inshallah Football has been awarded an A certificate for a scene where a former militant spoke about being tortured. Now its main markets – TV broadcasting, satellite channels, cable and DTH are closed. No distributor will pick it up. Isn’t this a virtual ban? The CBFC is not familiar with the exhibition process of documentary films. The producer was invited to a meeting for his point of view but he didn’t come, citing personal reasons. This film, with that scene, had to be given More >
Shefali Shah’s been MIA from the big screen for some time now. So what has made her emerge from her hiatus with a play?
Lekha Menon (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 08, 2010)
Her immediate concerns mirror that of any other typically harried homemaker - handling her children’s schedule, planning the interiors, deciding the dinner menu for the day and so on.
Adding to the chaos, are the 11 am-10 pm rehearsals, that’s completely consumed her for the last many days.
For once, Shefali Shah seems to be in a quandary about what role is more stressful - that of a full-time mother to two bratty boys, aged seven and eight, or the role of Shalini, the protagonist of Bas Itna Sa Khwab, the play that heralds her return to the stage after a full decade.
“Yes, and I am completely freaked out. I have been suffering from sleepless nights and behaving like a space cadet,” she laughs.
For someone who has tackled roles as complex and varied as the ones in Satya, Gandhi My Father or The Last Lear with ease, it wouldn’t be so difficult, one assumes? “Well, it’s a phenomenal part.
Shalini’s character has got so many layers to it. She’s the most relatable woman and yet she can surprise you. My challenge is to portray her in a way that everyone can identify with her. Imagine, there are pages and pages of soliloquy which I am still struggling with!”
Her excitement, tinged as it is with nervousness, is evident. But what made her return to the acting arena with a play than a More >