Writer-director Bikas Ranjan is disheartened with the cuts in his debut movie Chauranga and feels that the censor board played a spoilsport by chopping off scenes. “You can make a film here as there is no dearth oftalent but getting it released is a difficult thing. As the censor board plays the spoil sport by chopping off the film. Censor board is a curse to filmmakers,” the director said in an interview.
“In Chauranga, there were certain scenes that they wanted to be deleted. There was a love making scene. Then they objected to the use of cuss words and a scene involving a dalit boy being tormented. They wanted us to delete all of this.”
Chauranga is produced by Onir and Sanjay Suri.
Watch: Chauranga trailer
Bikas faced several difficulties like getting actors and producers on board for releasing Chauranga. “There were difficulties like finding right actors and producers. But the most difficult part is to release the film. I think to screen the film here is difficult as we have censor board and animal welfare board to think of,” he said.
Chauranga is the story of a smitten young boy Santu, who gets in trouble for writing a love letter to a girl belonging to an upper caste in a remote village.
As a first time director Bikas feels the cuts are disheartening and discouraging for one’s creativity. “Next time, I will be conscious, thinking whether my film will be cleared or not. The country provides us with freedom of speech but then we have to follow the guidelines of censor board to get the film released,” he said.
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