The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director refuses to release it in India

  • Agencies, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Feb 18, 2012 19:55 IST
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    Hollywood stars appeared on the World Premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo along with the cast members Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

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    US actor Rooney Mara poses with her British co-star Daniel Craig at the premiere of their latest film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in ...

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    Rooney Mara poses as she arrives for the premiere. (AFP PHOTO / Max Nash)

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    Daniel Craig arrives for the event. (AFP PHOTO / Max Nash)

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    British actor Steven Berkoff poses at the red carpet. (AFP PHOTO / Max Nash)

The Indian Censor Board has reportedly offended The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher so much so that he has refused to release the film in India. The bone of contention is the intimate and graphic scenes in the films.

The Censor board reportedly asked for cuts in certain scenes from the film including lovemaking scenes between computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and the journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), the scene of Lisbeth torturing a man who rapes her and a lesbian lovemaking scene that features her have also been deemed as objectionable viewing, reports Mumbai Mirror.

However, director Fincher had categorically asked for the film to be released without any cuts and so when production house Sony Pictures approached him a second time, he refused to showcase the film in India.


They released a statement declaring, “Sony Pictures will not be releasing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in India. The Censor Board has adjudged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form and, while we are committed to maintaining and protecting the vision of the director, we will, as always, respect the guidelines set by the Board.”

The film, which was scheduled for a January release in India, had already been pushed back to February due to censorship issues. However, it will not be hitting theatres in India now, reports the tabloid.

The film's official poster itself shows frontal nudity and is raising eyebrows in Malaysia and the Gulf countries also.

The film is based on Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first of his Millennium Trilogy with the theme of sexual violence against women and moral bankruptcy.

Actor Rooney Mara has earned a nomination for Best Actress in the Oscar race this year.


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