Goutam Ghose's Yatra in trouble
The animal welfare board has objected to the director using a caged bird in the film, informs Nandini Guha.india Updated: Jan 05, 2007 16:22 IST
Goutam Ghose’s Hindi multi-starrer Yatra which was scheduled for a November release has been pushed back indefinitely, thanks to the Censor Board withholding clearance to the film.
Reason: Goutam Ghose used a caged bird in a shot of the film--something which is not acceptable by the Animal Welfare Board. And unless the Animal Welfare Board gives the go ahead, the film is stuck.
The Animal Welfare Board has asked the producer of Yatra, Bipin Vohra, to delete a shot in the film showing Nana Patekar and Deepti Naval returning to their village with a caged bird---which happened to be their pet.
The Animal Welfare Board authorities feel that this is a “objectionable” shot. “Why is the shot irreplaceable? The natural habitat of a bird is the sky or the forest. Also, caged birds are subjected to all kinds of cruelty and very often their wings are clipped. Ghose can easily replace the shot by using an empty cage or some other belonging of the family. Illegal sale of birds is being discouraged by us”, the Secretary of the Animal Welfare Board Dr Balasubramaniam told Hindustan Times.
This in turn has made the director of the film see red. “This is absolutely ridiculous. The scene which shows the two actors carrying the bird back home was a flashback sequence dated 30 years ago. In those days there was no such law that you cannot show a caged animal. At the most we can carry a disclaimer but I can’t change the shot. The delay is seriously hurting the producer of Yatra,” Ghose told Hindustan Times.
Producers of the film, SPS Arts and Entertainment has already written to the Animal Welfare Board appealing to them that the shot is crucial to the film and the bird in is being taken care of. But the Board is unrelenting. “The certification is stuck because of this clearance. Otherwise, Yatra is a fantastic film,” Abhay Srivastava of the Central Board of Film Certification told Hindustan Times.
Ghose’s film, which brings back Rekha in the role of a courtesan, Lajwanti, is eagerly awaited in film circles since the director’s other Hindi feature film, Paar, was highly acclaimed by film aficionados.