September 15, 2011 11:39:02 AM IST Glamsham Editorial
Pankaj Kapur's MAUSAM was recently in news for being denied a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the IAF (Indian Air Force). Following the denial MAUSAM was shown to the IAF that granted the film a conditional NOC asking for a change of 30 seconds in the film. The makers of the film accepted the condition and have carried out the required changes.
While briefing a press conference director Pankaj Kapur revealed, "The IAF didn't ask us to remove anything, they only asked for minor changes, these were computer graphic changes to be made in an action sequence in the film which we have incorporated. It is our duty to make sure that all the representation is done authentically and in accordance with IAF, I thank them, they have been very supportive."
On being asked if the changes in the fight sequence indicates the alteration of content in anyway, Pankaj was quick to respond as he mentioned, "The content of the film in terms of the fight sequence has not changed, the story telling is the same, only tiny details are slightly altered as per the IAF's requirements."
MAUSAM received the Censor Certificate three days ago but to the film makers' surprise the Censor Board asked for a review of the film. Following which the film received a 'U' certificate last night.
Makers of the film mentioned due to the above reasons they could not release the film on Sept. 16 as they would not have been able to meet the overseas date of release. Now, September 23 is locked as the release date for MAUSAM. Shahid Kapoor who plays the lead in MAUSAM said, "The release date has been shifted to September 23. We needed a NOC from IAF and Censor Certificate, we got a 'U' certificate and then the board wanted to see the film once again. This consumed a lot of time delaying the release date. We have made the required changes in the particular 30 seconds scene." The actor further added, "It was very important to announce this. Our team believes in our film and we feel that it is as authentic as it could be, we want to bring the best for our audiences."
Sonam Kapoor who plays the lead opposite Shahid stated, "We all have worked hard and I think we can promote it more for a week. MAUSAM will definitely be enjoyed by all."
MAUSAM's team also mentioned they would love to show the film to IAF as all changes asked for by them have already been carried out, this would be a mere formality which would not affect the release of the film on September 23.