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CBFC has Always Understood the Intention Behind My Films: Shoojit Sircar


Mumbai: Many filmmakers might have stood up against the guidelines of the CBFC, but director Shoojit Sircar says he never had any face-off with the Censor Board as it has always “treated” his films nicely.

Lately, the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) has had many run-ins with leading Bollywood directors due to its demand for multiple cuts in the films, which according to the makers, kill the crux of the content.

Shoojit who has directed films like Yahaan, Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe and Piku, however, says he never faced objections from the board.
“I have done four films and all have been sensitive. But the censor board has not objected anything to my films. People say censor board is this or that I would say I have never faced any (trouble),” the filmmaker told PTI.

“They (board) have always understood the intention behind the films that we make. We have positive feeling about the Censor Board. They have certified my four films and have treated them nicely. I have faith in them.”

Shoojit, who is gearing up for his upcoming home production film Pink feels CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) has always been good and supportive to him.

When asked if the board has suggested any cuts for his upcoming production Pink, Shoojit said, “We have shown them the film. And there have been no objections yet (raised by them). We are in healthy discussions with them.”

The director-producer is hoping that the CBFC will give a U/A certificate. Featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles, “Pink” is an upcoming courtroom drama thriller, which revolves around three girls who are trapped in a criminal case. They are tried in the court for an attempt to murder case and defaming some men.

The film that unravels in the courtroom, also show that the three girls were possibly sexually assaulted by the men who are now being held as the victims.

“Pink is a thrilling subject and it touches on some women related issues. It is real life story, inspired by what happens in society,” Shoojit said.

It has been directed by directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. While Aniruddha was keen on making Pink in Bengali, Shoojit was adamant that the story of this film deserved a wider release.

“The subject of Pink was with us since 2013, but we were figuring out things. For the film we have taken inspiration from real life cases of working women across the country, we looked at several incidents,” Shoojit said.

According to the Piku director, the court room scenes in his upcoming film are close to reality.

“We went to a sessions court and we tried to be as honest and real as we could. There is no unnecessary shouting.”

Besides getting the story in place, Shoojit and his team spent lot of time on deciding the title – Pink. “We worked very hard to get the perfect title. It took long time for us to get the title. Our writer for the film came out with the title and we jumped at it. It is a contemporary title,” he added.

The film will open in cinema houses on September 16.


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