Mumbai, April 07
By Our Bollywood Reporter
Filmmaker Deepak Tijori has written a letter to
the CBFC Chairperson, Sharmila Tagore, recounting the ordeal that he went
through for the clearance of his forthcoming film, Khamoshh.
have put in a written complaint to Sharmila-ji about the mental torture and
anguish producers are subjected to, in order to get their films cleared and she
has promised to look into the matter,' Tijori revealed, adding that he has also
asked the Chairperson to take note of the behaviour of the Assistant Regional
Officer, Shinde, whose 'reckless and insensitive attitude' cost him heavy losses
and several sleepless nights.
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Sawanth Partially Naked Stills Photos
According to Tijori, he
sought the intervention of the Assistant Regional Officer, when the Examining
Committee suggested several cuts in the film, since the Regional Officer, who is
a 'far more sensitive man' was on leave.
Among the contentious scenes
were a passionate lovemaking scene and a bathing scene picturised on one of the
actresses, Rakhi Sawant.
However, Tijori maintains that the cuts were
unwarranted considering the fact that the characters in the lovemaking scene
were completely covered and the bathing scene, showed a partially clad Rakhi Sawant.
"They asked me
to totally cut off this and the other sexual content in the film, though these
portions form part of the narrative," Tijori asks. He is also irked by the fact
that his film has been awarded an 'A' certificate after the several cuts that
have been executed in it.
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Tango Charlie Movie Stills Photos
"It is very obvious that they
are giving differential treatment to different producers. How is it that they
conveniently passed a bathing scene in Tango Charlie picturized on Nandana
Sen, with a U/A certificate for the film? Also, if they can give a U/A
certificate to a film like Page 3, which showed child abuse, drugs and sex in
abundance, why are they singling me out for this treatment?" he protests.
Tijori is also upset with the endless rounds that he had to make to the
CBFC office, before the Assistant Regional Officer, could give him a
"There were occasions when I had been given an appointment and I
would wait for hours together for him to turn up and I would be informed that he
had already left for the day. It was a frustrating process of taking
appointments that were never meant to materialize. Obviously, the A.R.O. was
taking advantage of the fact that I had a deadline to meet for the release of
the film. Besides, independent film-makers like us do not have the power to
approach the tribunal," he says.
Meanwhile, Sharmila Tagore has promised
Tijori to look into the matter and ensure that other producers do not go through
a similar experience.
"It can slightly reduce the anguish for other
independent film-makers like me. The age old guidelines of 1952 that are in
existence in the CBFC norms are no doubt contentious but what is more upsetting
is the discriminatory treatment meted out to producers," Tijori quips.
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