Mumbai, May 23
By Our Bollywood
Reporter Ms Divya
Bollywood seems to be going through a period of unprecedented
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Almost every week there's a call to ban one film or
another. While last week's "Jo Bole So Nihaal" was in the eye of a storm for
allegedly insulting the Sikh religion, this week's two films - "Nazar" and "Naina" - have got themselves into various
degrees of trouble.
"Nazar" has been skirting headlines for some months,
thanks to its Pakistani leading lady Meera, who was apparently kissed by her
Hindu co-star Ashmit Patel for a scene in the film.
The supposed smooch
has kept "Nazar" in the public gaze until its release.
For one reason or
another, all of Mahesh Bhatt's productions have found themselves in
To take three recent examples, "Murder"
was blasted for its sexual content, while "Zehar" and "Rog"
(produced by Pooja Bhatt and her father respectively) were pulled up for their
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The cash counters jingled, at least for "Zehar",
which has been declared a profit earner. "Nazar" too seems to have generated enough
curiosity to make it a commercially viable proposition for the
The sudden eruption of controversy about the content in "Naina"
is the last thing its producers and distributors needed. Even while distributors
all over the country were receiving prints of the film, a surgeon in Mumbai
filed a case against "Naina", claiming it would scare off potential cornea
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A spokesperson of the film's distributors Columbia-Tristar said: "The
doctor couldn't have seen the film. So, like all protests in this country
against movies, his comments have to be based on hearsay rather than personal
perceptions. Fortunately, the verdict went in our favour. Or we would've been in
a serious crisis at the last minute."
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The question now being asked by concerned
sections of Bollywood is: Does controversy boost a film's sales
"Not at all!" explodes Vinod Pande, whose "Sins" was
declared blasphemous by Christian priests who, needless to say, reacted without
seeing the film.
"Pre-empting audiences' responses and creating a stir
where none exists is one of the most damaging eventualities in our cinema. The
tolerance power of the moralists is going down. Or maybe they've nothing better
to do than to create controversies where there are none, Pande contended.
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He has a point. The plight of "Jo Bole So Nihaal" is baffling. Why the
film offends any part of the Punjabi community is explicable only to those who
cried foul against it.
So then who started the fire? In any case, the
film couldn't generate any interest in spite of the heated
Sections of the industry are expressing alarm over the way
films are being prematurely hauled over the coals. Three films in two weeks have
been in trouble with moralists and other custodians of social mores.
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And we can't really use the loopholes in our legal system to create
problems for an industry that invests millions of rupees on creating dreams for
A top filmmaker has the last word.
films like 'Jo Bole So Nihaal' and 'Naina' are being obstructed, no one raised
an eyebrow when the visual and verbal vulgarity in 'Kya
Kool Hain Hum' was cleared," the filmmaker said.
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