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Mahesh Bhatt: It is a moral victory for us
January 16, 2009 7:52:04 PM IST Bollywood Trade News Network
The scuffle between the censor board and the Bhatts came to an end on the 13th of January 2009. The feud was all about the granting of certificate to the latest Bhatt production RAAZ - THE MYSTERY CONTINUES. Earlier many notions were conceived and many rumors were staged about the certificate being given to RTMC. The censor board was also trying to cut the scenes and tag the 'A' certificate on the film. The censor board was in conflict with the Bhatts mainly over the extreme horror scenes, the much talked about bath tub scene of Kangana Ranaut and the scene reflecting abuses mouthed by Kangana.
''All these things are very vital parts of the movie. If these parts get removed, the whole movie will lose its meaning. And what's a horror film without horror scenes?'' said Mahesh Bhatt.
The Bhatts firmly put their foot down and demanded that if the scenes are to be pruned, the film should get a 'U/A' certificate or else no scene would be edited if an 'A' certificate is given. At last, the judgment was given by the censor board to grant an 'A' certificate to RTMC with not scenes cut. The Bhatts have won the war. ''It is a moral victory for us. We have managed to retain everything that we had shot for the film. If we have got an 'A' certificate, so be it. At least we got it on our terms'' says Mahesh Bhatt.
Calling it a moral victory, Mahesh Bhatt and the whole RTMC team is delighted. Even Sony BMG, who were making its maiden venture in movie production with this movie, has now given a sigh of relief after much disappointment initially by the 'Dadagiri' of the censor board.
''The audience of the Indian Cinema has grown up a lot over all these years but I think the censor board has not. The rigidity of the censor board is the same as before which makes its judgment unjust.'' Much more horror is seen in the English movies and other such TV programs. The audience is no more hesitant today. The Bhatts are of course elated that they were able to convince the censors to retain the scenes.
Mahesh Bhatt also states ''The bathtub scene played by Kangana has a lot to do with the imagination of the audience. And if someone is in the bath tub, she has to be nude. It is well believed that the adult Indian audience is mature enough to distinguish between the real and the illusion''.
If the censor board had its way, then we would have got a 'mini' movie in the form of RTMC. The Bhatts didn't let that happen. Now, the audience will be viewing a movie such as RTMC in its original and first form after a very long time. The biggest movie of 2009 will have no scenes cut. The whole team of RTMC is overjoyed as now the true work and the earnest efforts of the whole crew will be visible to the audience. The audience will surely get the exact idea of the director behind this film and the message that he is trying to convey. The theme and the storyline which is very unconventional will not suffer the bad consequences of brutal editing.
The Bhatts have come out of the process of the censor board in a clean and clear manner. They have survived the slaughter and have made it to the shore with no bruises or cuts.