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Prakash Jha and UTV’s Raajneeti will release on June 4, hopefully without an ‘A’ certificate and too many cuts.

entertainment Updated: May 24, 2010 00:33 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

RaajneetiIt might seem to many that the wait for Prakash Jha and UTV to get the censor certificate for Raajneeti got longer. But Jha asserts that unanticipated developments will not affect the release date. The filmmaker is now moving the appellate tribunal against the revising committee’s decision to grant an ‘A’ certificate with certain cuts in the movie.

Wonder if the National Award-winning filmmaker plans to postpone the release of his film in lieu of the revising committee’s decision? “It depends on how early the tribunal reviews and clears the film. But I’m sure Raajneeti will release on June 4.”

The film top-lining Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgn, Naseeruddin Shah and Arjun Rampal, has been in the news for the last couple of months since it was reported that Katrina Kaif’s character is based on Congress president, Sonia Gandhi.

When asked if that had irked the Censor Board and had them objecting to certain portions of the film, Jha snaps, “I don’t know if anything has triggered off anything in the minds of the members of the examining committee or the revising committee. I can’t comment. But from the onset, I’ve been saying that Katrina’s character is not based on Sonia Gandhi and I continue to maintain that.”

Buzz is that the Congress party workers and office bearers contacted him, asking for a special screening of the film for Sonia Gandhi. Jha rubbishes the rumours and says that no one has approached him yet.

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“I’m ready to show my film to anyone who wants to see it. I have no problems with anyone over anything. Raajneeti is a work of fiction, it’s a story of a family in politics and the politics of power.”

Reportedly, the examining committee, which viewed the film on Wednesday, was unsure of the certificate that should be issued to it. While some members felt that it should be given a ‘U/A’ rating with cuts, others felt that an ‘A’ certificate without any changes was appropriate for the political drama.

The revising committee finally saw Raajneeti on Thursday and cleared it with ‘A’ certificate but asked for some changes. The revising committee has asked for dialogue like Vidhwa vote le jaayegi (The widow will take away the votes)’ to be deleted from the film.

The members also felt that the level of violence and foul language is higher than tolerable levels. They also feel that the intimate scenes between Ranbir Kapoor and Sarah Thompson, and Arjun Rampal and Katrina Kaif are quite bold. Jha gets agitated when asked if he would give in to the cuts if the appellate tribunal upheld the revising committee’s verdict of ‘A’ certificate with the recommended changes.

“That’s is undue speculation. Why do you ask if I’d agree to the changes until the appellate tribunal decides? Let the tribunal review the movie and then, we shall see,” he states.

First Published: May 23, 2010 11:44 IST

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