A seemingly innocuous song satirising the police force has got director Ram Gopal Varma's new film Shiva into a spot of trouble.
"It's a satirical song entitled Chor police. Apparently the censor board doesn't like the words chor police going together. I've been given the choice of either removing the word chor (thief) from police or dedicating Shiva to the police force," said Varma, who is in Patna for the film's promotion.
Needless to say, Varma has opted for the latter option.
"That's right we'll dedicate the film to the cops. There'll be an announcement to that effect at the film's start. In any case, Shiva is a film that's dedicated to the police force," Varma told IANS.
"It's in the honest-cop-versus-the-rotten-system tradition of Zanjeer and my own Shool. I think the censor board should be happy with what we're doing."
Varma met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Thursday. "He turned out to be a very warm and friendly person. Normally, I'm extremely wary of politicians. But this was a pleasant surprise. He has promised to see Shiva."