Ishqiya with all its colourful expletives and sexually charged visuals was passed without any cuts with an 'A' certificate.
Says the film's director Abhishek Choubey: "Frankly, I expected I'd be asked for some kind of an explanation for the language and content and why they were necessary. I had gone prepared with dossiers on every graphic word and shot. To my surprise I wasn't asked for any explanation. I was given an 'Adults' certificate with no cuts at all. I guess it's a sign of how far censorship has come in our country."
The censor board apparently balked at some of the expletives. But finally saw reason. The film was passed by the board Wednesday.
Says the film's director: "I never claimed the film was for children. The content is adult. So I've no problem with the 'A' certificate. I feel the profile of the audience is changing swiftly."
Abhishek also hastens to add that the language is not as strong as people seem to think. "It's not about creating shock value. It's the way these people in the small North Indian towns live their life."
The film, produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bharadwaj, stars Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles.