His unabashed use of abuses and rustic lingo in his films has always added to the power of his cinema. National Award winning filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj has reacted strongly to diktats on film content, ­saying that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is behaving like the Taliban and that the body should be chopped off.
"It's really sad to see what is ­happening right now. The Censor Board is behaving like the Taliban. They should be censored and chopped. They censor our films, they should be chopped first. They should know their limits...it's (a film is) an art form," he says.
Vishal further hopes that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry sees the point of view of the ­filmmakers as well. "I hope that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry ­realises soon that film is a form of art. They are not only about 'gaana-bajaana' and 'nautanki'. That I&B ministry has to understand...their (the censor's) scissors should be snatched away and thrown into a valley."
The 49-year-old says that abuses in a film, which are justified with the story, don’t have a negative impact on the society. "A film is the mirror of the reality and not vice-versa. A film doesn't create reality, it just reflects ­reality… If we make a film on Kabir (poet), will people start speaking couplets on the road? If not, then how will they start abusing after watching films?" he says, adding, "We have a culture and society where people abuse on roads. When two friends meet, even they abuse each other...So now, are we going to make an Afghanistan out of India, or what (with the Censor Board's diktats)?" says Vishal.