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Trouble For Jai Gangaajal by Censor Board

The Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has motivated the anger of filmmakers and the viewers with their quirky demands for cuts and beeps and now, they have rubbed a noted to Prakash Jha.

Revising Committee has asked Prakash to make 11 cuts in cop-drama for a U/A certificate, which if applied across the film, those odd 50 cuts will change the film’s very texture.

An upset director, said, “How many beeps can you have in a film? saala is a word we use in everyday conversation. My cop drama is set in the hinterlands. I’m not saying anything anti-national or anti-religion. I’m a responsible maker who would never hurt anyone’s sentiments. There’s a need to look at the context in which a particular word or phrase is used. If a villain is saying something and is immediately taken to task for it and not glorified, they should let it go.”

“I was told that two members wanted to give it an A certificate with several cuts while two others were ready to give it a U/A with minimal cuts. The matter was referred to Pahlaj Nihalani who asked me to send it to the Revising Committee. He sat in the screening and headed the committee. While several members appreciated the film, I was offered a U/A with 11 cuts which wasn’t acceptable. There is no rule saying certain cuss words cannot be used,”.

Mr Jha also argued that his film Gangaajal was also with full of violence and cuss words but it was passed with a U/A certificate. “It has been telecast on TV over 300 times since and no one has objected to the language,”.

The story written and directed by Prakash Jha, produced by Prakash Jha Productions and Play Entertainment and co-produced by Milind Dabke, Jai Gangaajal revisits the dusty heartland of Central India and examines the society-police relationship. The movie is all set to release on 4th March, 2016.



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