Filmmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has had run-ins with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on many occasions, got a good deal when he took his latest offering Raman Raghav 2.0 to the censors. The director said he did not want a single cut in the Nawazuddin Siddqui-starrer, and added that the board was rather kind to the film.
Speaking at the trailer launch of Raman Raghav, the real-life psychopath and serial killer who terrorised the streets of Mumbai in the mid-1960s, Anurag said, “Censor Board has been in a way kindest to this film. They actually liked it. For me, there are many things in the film I want them to stay intact. I would not be satisfied with a single cut. To avoid any kind of cuts whatever it will take, we will do.
Kashyap’s troubles with the censor is well-known; his debut film, Paanch is yet to be released due to the censor board’s objections. He also delayed the release of his film Ugly for a long time as he didn’t want to carry the anti-smoking disclaimer, but eventually relented.
Raman Raghav 2.0 stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the serial killer, while Vicky Kaushal, of Masaan fame, plays a cop . Kashyap said he was not trying to glorify criminals through the film, adding it is merely “inspired” from Raman Raghav and not based on him. He said, “We are not glorifying. The film is not to glorify someone. You’ll understand it better if you watch the film. It is in a fictionalised, thriller way where we have woven a story around the things we usually ignore.”
“This is not based on a real life character. It is inspired from a character who was in the 1960s, this film is based in today’s times. It’s difficult to make a film inspired by a real life character because you are treading a very dangerous line. You have your own sense of responsibility,” he added.
The Ugly director said making a proper biopic would have been “ten times more difficult” considering the details which go into the making. “If you are saying a story like this you need to do it in such a way that all the aspects come together to make an engaging film. It is very important to pay minute details in character developments. If it would’ve been a biopic, it would’ve been ten times more difficult,” Kashyap said.
Raman Raghav 2.0 will be showcased at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight section. The festival will open on May 11. The film is scheduled to release on June 24.
Watch Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal in Raman Raghav 2.0 trailer
With the current obsession in the film industry to book release dates several months ago, and sometimes even a year ago, has Kashyap booked his release according to Cannes? “No, it is absolutely not that. Our release date depends on when the film gets ready. And usually it also depends on the censors,” he said.
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