Shahid Kapoor may have won a lot of awards and accolades for Haider (2014), but before the film hit theatres, it went through a lot of editing and modification to be deemed suitable by the censor board.
Ask the actor how he feels about this process and he says, “The idea is to take your film to a governing body that has been given the responsibility to decide what content should go out, and the kind of certification it should get after the necessary cuts have been implemented. But, what feels unfair is that despite abiding by the law and doing something correctly, anyone can get up and create an issue or file a PIL against the film.”
In the case of Haider, which required several cuts, Shahid says that director Vishal Bhardwaj handled the situation very well. “A movie is a representation of a film-maker’s vision, so I will never know what it’s like to sit there and be asked to cut a scene,” he says, adding, “However, Vishal sir started the process in advance. They asked for some 43 cuts in the film which we complied with, and he was satisfied with the way it turned out. He was not unhappy, but it’s different in each case.”