Censor board’s cuts in ‘Chauranga’ unfair: Onir

Mumbai: Filmmaker Onir is sad that his social-drama “Chauranga” has run into trouble with the censor board while much more “regressive stuff” gets away in the name of entertainment. Produced by Onir and Sanjay Suri, “Chauranga” is a story of a young boy who faces death for writing a love letter in a village steeped in caste-hierarchy.

The board has asked Onir to edit a love-making scene between Sanjay Suri and Tannishtha Chatterjee, and another scene involving a Dalit boy being pushed into a well. “It feels sad when I see a film like this with social significance running into trouble with the censors. It has been appreciated at many festivals and the scenes are not there for titillation and not graphic at all,” Onir told PTI.

“And then you see much more regressive stuff getting away in the name of entertainment. I think that is very unfair,” he rued. The film, directed by Bikas Ranjan Mishra, is based on the story of a Brahmin ‘zamindar’ (landlord) in Jharkhand. The “My Brother Nikhil” filmmaker says he does not understand the “logic” behind the censor cuts.

“They have asked to edit parts of the scenes… remove long shot from one, close up from another. It is like you are showing a pilot sitting in the cockpit about to fly the plane, but you are asked not to show the take-off,” he said. It is weird because the film deals with caste atrocities. We are not encouraging that, it is not even violent… I don’t understand the logic behind this,” he said.

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