Censor Board treats audience like children: Soha Ali Khan

Censor Board treats audience like children: Soha Ali Khan
Soha Ali Khan

Actress Soha Ali Khan, whose mother Sharmila Tagore was once chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), says the censorship body needs to stop treating the audience as children.

The actress, whose film ’31st October’ struggled for clearance, says artistes are all for certification over censorship.

’31st October’ is based on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination and its repercussions. Considering the sensitive topic, the makers had to face a lot of trouble with the CBFC.

When asked about the experience with the CBFC, Soha told reporters at a press conference, “It was very frustrating, of course. As artistes, we don’t believe in censorship. We believe in certification and I feel sometimes they cut too much.”

“They treat the audience as children… It is very frustrating,” the 37-year-old said.

She says she felt more frustrated for the film’s writer-producer Harry Sachdeva as ’31st October’ is “the one film he has, which he is pushing”.

“He chose a diplomatic route because this film is important for him. He didn’t want to be aggressive about it… He slowly convinced the censor board,” she added.

Soha said the censors first asked for 40 cuts in the movie, and then the cuts were scaled to none.

On his part, Sachdeva said that there shouldn’t be any interference with creativity.

Earlier this year, the CBFC had faced a lot of flak from the industry for demanding 94 cuts from ‘Udta Punjab’. The film’s makers eventually approached the court and managed to release the film with just one cut.

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