Two days after opening well at the box office in leading metros,
director Alankrita Srivastava is in duress.
Early on Sunday, the Central Board of Film Certification complained to the government that the film’s TV promos had not been approved by the Board. Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore made a statement that she’s requested the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to pull them off air immediately.
Reacting to Tagore’s stance, Srivastava says that the Board had seen all the promos before they were sent out to various channels: “We have been battling with the Board to refine the content of the promos for months now. When it came to the movie, they readily gave it the ‘A’ certificate without cuts. But for the TV promos, we have been at their door every day.”
The director cites instances when words like ‘strip’ were changed to ‘unleash’ and ‘sleep’ to ‘mingle.’ The debutant director adds that apart from reading the news in print, the production company hasn’t been intimated about any such step taken by the Board. “I have all my paper-work in order,” says Srivastava. “I have received no intimation from the Board on this end. I plan to take this issue up to seek clarifications.”