Despite the recent acrimonious debate over censorship, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) can’t seem to not “act like a grandmother”. After Anurag Kahsyap’s Udta Punjab, the latest to face the brunt of the board is Missing On A Weekend, the Bollywood debut of Hariharan’s son Karan.
An investigative thriller based on the crime situation of Goa, the movie is slated to release on July 1. However, the film has been delayed as the board asked for 50 cuts to the movie.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, director Abhishek Jawarkar said, “The cuts that the board has asked for are ridiculous. They don’t want Goa to be mentioned anywhere. There’s a song with lines ‘trip trip trip, snip snip snip’; they don’t want it the film. That’s what we were told after the screening. I hope to receive the letter today (Thursday).”
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The situation is uncannily similar to what happened with Udta Punjab. The film, which was based on the drug problem in Punjab, was asked to remove all references to the state. This prompted the filmmakers to approach the Bombay high court, which in turn, effectively told off the board, directing it to not “act like a grandmother”.
Jawarkar plans to follow in Kashyap’s footsteps, and take the matter to court and the Film Certification Apellate Tribunal (FCAT). “July 1 was the best date for my film as there were no big releases. Now, with Sultan releasing next week, I am in no hurry. I might as well delay the release and take a stand for the sake of my film. We will approach the court once I receive the CBFC letter and then maybe the tribunal (FCAT) in Delhi,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jawarkar also claimed that he received a call from Goa Tourism on June 25 accusing him of portraying the state in a bad light. Speculation suggests that this was why cuts were suggested to the movie. Whatever the reason, Missing on a Weekend will be missing from theatres this weekend.
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