Film­maker Im­tiaz Ali, who had to shorten the length of a kiss in his up­com­ing film, says this kind of cen­sor­ship is mean­ing­less

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The Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion’s (CBFC) de­ci­sion to shorten the length of a kiss in the lat­est James Bond film has at­tracted neg­a­tive re­ac­tions from a host of film per­son­al­i­ties. And film­maker Im­tiaz Ali shares a sim­i­lar opin­ion. “Why are movies the only ones that are be­ing cen­sored so se­verely. The same au­di­ence, which watches movies, is also con­sum­ing the same kind of things that you are try­ing to ban in movies, in other ways,” says Ali, whose up­com­ing film has also been treated sim­i­larly by the Cen­sor Board. In his film, a kiss be­tween ac­tors Ran­bir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone had to be short­ened be­cause the board found it too lengthy. “I would like to say that cen­sor­ship laws should be le­nient to­wards movies be­cause at least movies are an­nounc­ing that there is this thing (kiss) so don’t take your kid for it. But when it comes on the in­ter­net or TV, then what? So, we should be a lit­tle easy on films,” adds Ali who feels that this kind of cen­sor­ship only on films holds no mean­ing.

How­ever, he has come to terms with the snips made to his film. “Ev­ery film­maker re­sents ev­ery change that any­one asks him to make to his film. And so do I. But I can­not cast a broad-based judge­ment on the way a coun­try should run. I do know that there is a Cen­sor Board and that it will take a call. I can’t say that there should be no cen­sor­ing. The board mem­bers are do­ing their job, just like we are do­ing ours,” he says.

Im­tiaz, who is known for his love sto­ries such as Cock­tail (2012), Rock­star (2011) and High­way (2014), is com­ing up with a love story again, and says that he is very com­fort­able making films in the same genre. “You can only make movies that come to you or­gan­i­cally. The sto­ries that are there in your heart are the ones that reach the au­di­ences’ heart. The ones that come to me are th­ese ones. The things that I care about are the things I make movies on. I am not try­ing to make the same films or de­lib­er­ately try­ing to make dif­fer­ent,” he says.


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