Cut to fit the small screen
An increasing number of Bollywood movies with intimate scenes are being edited and aired in two slots to suit family audiences watching the tube.bollywood Updated: Oct 23, 2011 17:42 IST
The Ekta Kapoor production Ragini MMS will premiere on television on October 29 in two timeslots. Apparently, two different versions of the film will be aired for the small screen audiences on the channel, Sahara One.
The first screening, in the key prime time slot, is going to be highly edited, and almost bereft of all the intimate scenes that otherwise make the movie.
On the other hand, the late evening version is likely to retain most of the sequences of the horror film.
A week ago, Murder 2 too had premiered on a TV channel. Even in the case of this Mohit Suri directorial, the difference between both the versions was visible. The one that aired later in the evening had most of the gory murder sequences and ‘romantic’ scenes, while the earlier screening carefully omitted the same.
Earlier this year, producer Aamir Khan decided to release Delhi Belly with an A certificate, as he didn’t want to edit the quirky elements from it. The Imran Khan-starrer will also soon premiere on TV. And the makers of this film too, have apparently altered it for the tube and made it suitable for family audiences.
Chances are that this too will be dubbed and edited separately for the two different slots. Time and again Two years ago, Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Sex Aur Dhokha also had been edited for its television premiere.
According to Tanuj Garg of Balaji Motion Pictures and Alt Entertainment that produced Ragini MMS, it’s a norm for every producer to get his or her movie re-censored for the small screen. “We’re catering to a platform which is open to any and every age group. Most movies with A certificates don’t even get aired on TV. And our film was U/A. So, we have sent in Ragini MMS for re-censorship, but we haven’t got any recommendations for the cuts so far,” he says, denying the two separate version theory, saying, “That’s asking for too much!”
A sequel to Ragini MMS is currently on the cards. The thriller was directed by Pawan Kripalani and starred Kainaz Motivala and Raj Kumar Yadav.