Tigmanshu Dhulia: Censor Board and I are enemies

Tigmanshu Dhulia, the film-maker who is known for making movies with radically different themes like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, etc recently attempted a masala movie Bullett Raja for the first time. The movie wasn’t appreciated by the critics and was also a failure at the box office.

Tigmanshu, who always had issues with the censor board, said “I have never had a good experience with the Censor Board, except for Bullett Raja, which they thought was a commercial masala film. Usmein mujhe problem nahi hui, but for all my other films, I have had problems with the Censor Board. They are biased and they give a ‘U’ certificate to many films in which the hero and heroine are shown smooching, even in the trailers. You are not allowed to show smooching scenes in trailers. In Bhaag Milkha Bhaag‘s trailer, Milkha Singh is smooching a girl, a foreigner. Par woh picture ‘U’ thi. Meri filmon se problem hoti hai. Perception hi aisa ban gaya hai. When I made Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Part I, usmein exposure tha, so I got an ‘A’ certificate. I said it’s fine. Adult certificate mein problem ho jaati hai ki satellite rights nahi bikti hain film ki. Then you have to chop off those scenes. Chop karne se film ka poora essence khatam ho jaata hai. Jab main Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns bana raha tha, maine socha ismein sex-vex nahi daalenge. Though the film deals with mature people, married people and it’s not about youngsters doing it, we thought ismein exposure nahi daalenge. I thought we must get a ‘U/A’ certificate. Unhone (Censor Board) isko bhi ‘A’ certificate de diya. Maine kaha kyun. They said, ‘your subject is adult. It deals with extra-marital affairs so your theme is adult’.

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