I’d have butchered my film: Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar on why he settled for an A-certificate for his upcoming film Dil to Bachcha Hai Ji.bollywood Updated: Jan 25, 2011 17:06 IST
Dil To Baccha Hai Ji revolves around a 38-year-old divorcee in love with a 21-year-old, a womaniser who doesn’t believe in commitment, and an idealist looking for true love. The rom-com, insists the director, is a mirror to today’s generation that’s vocal on once-taboo subjects like virginity, pornography and infidelity.
But apparently it was this ‘bold’ talk, and explicit lovemaking scenes that goaded our moral guardians into believing that the film was unfit for viewing by under 18-year-olds, even under parental guidance.
Bhandarkar reasons that children today are exposed to an amazing amount of content on TV, smses and the Internet. "You can’t talk about a postcard in the age of Internet," he argues. "I’ve bagged National Awards for socially relevant cinema like Chandni Bar, Page 3, Traffic Signal and Fashion. I’m not here to make a titillating potboiler."
Insisting that there’s nothing derogatory in his film, and that the intimate scenes are underplayed, he says that although Fashion got an ‘A’ certificate, he has had 10-year-olds telling him how much they enjoyed the film. “Obviously, they saw it at home with their parents on DVD,” he says.
“So what’s with these outdated censorship laws? Isn’t it time we gave 12, 15 and 18-year-olds the right to decide for themselves what they should watch and what they shouldn’t?”