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I stand by my editing, says Raavan editor

india Updated: Jun 24, 2010 13:44 IST

The seven-time National award winning editor of Raavan, A Sreekar Prasad, says that though he does not want to hurt Amitabh Bachchan in any way, he stands by his editing.

He tells Mid-Day, "As a member of the audience, he (Amitabh Bachchan) has the right to say whatever he wants to. We've been in the process of editing Raavan for a year and a half. I have gone through the footage with Mani so rigorously. We were probably in the best position to judge what was good for the film."

When quizzed about the 'sad' editing of the movie, Prasad explains that it was their storytelling way. "There is a reason for it. The director chose to start the narrative on a very high note. It begins with the kidnapping and moves straight ahead to the finale. We had no back projection, no explanations, and no character establishment. We chose to tell our story in this way. We didn't want to spoon-feed the audience."

Two days after the release of the film, Bachchan had tweeted, "Lot of merited film edited out, causing inconsistent performance and narrative. Abhishek's erratic behaviour was due to symbolic 10 heads visually appearing and each giving him different attitudes to adopt for a situation, he would then finally shake them off and decide... It's sad, in the edit you only see the aftereffect of that thinking process, hence inconsistent. In the edit, all the visual heads got cut and you see a confused Beera expression and wonder why?"(sic)

Prasad has this to say on Big B's twitter post, "Mr Bachchan wanted us to graphically show ten heads. Mani and I tried that. But we made a conscious decision not to get into that area. We decided to let the audience get into the character's head as the narrative progressed. I am sure there are lots of people who didn't get the point. But it was a risk worth taking. Because a certain section did comprehend."

Well, going by the reviews and BO results, we're guessing that most missed the point that was being made. We're just saying!