After months of dialogue with the Information & Broadcating Ministry, Pranav Ashar, president of the Taj Enlighten Film Society, has finally found a way to screen the controversial film Gandu in the city. Ashar wanted to initially open the on-going Naya Film Festival with the Bengali film directed by Q, but now is finally closing with it.
“The ministry told us that they would not be able to give us censorship exemption for a large-scale screening, so we came to a mutual solution,” explains Ashar, adding. “Basically, instead of the closing film of the Naya Film Festival going out with a bang, we will have small but multiple screenings of the film in various preview theatres around the city. This is because that way we don’t need censorship permission, as they are small audiences.”
The screenings will start at 12 pm on July 30 and will carry on till 8 pm that day. Following which, the band that stars in the film, will perform at the Edward Theatre, where a closing bash will be held. “This way we stay within the boundaries of the law and show the film to those who want to watch it,” says Ashar.
Also, in between the various screenings, indie and commercial film directors will also helm a discussion on censorship in India. Those interested in watching the film will need to register for the festival. Details of the preview theatres are available on
Currently, Fun Republic in Andheri west is the only location fixed upon; all the others are still being finalised. Various members of the industry like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Prakash Jha and Anurag Kashyap are expected to attend the closing event of the film festival.
The Naya Film Festival that began on July 23 also marked a decade for the release of Dil Chahta Hai (2001) by screening the film and organising a chat with director Farhan Akhtar. “Farhan was one of the first director associated with Enlighten. We began with him. He was happy and the event worked out well,” says Ashar.