December 7, 2021

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Madhur’s India Lockdown gets ‘A’ certificate

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Madhur’s India Lockdown gets ‘A’ certificate
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Madhur’s India Lockdown gets ‘A’ certificate
Madhur’s India Lockdown gets ‘A’ certificate

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar returned home last night feeling happy and relieved. The decision to approach the Revising Committee of the Central Board of Film Certification has borne results. The committee passed India Lockdown, his upcoming movie revolving around the lives of common Indians in the first lockdown during the pandemic, with an A certificate and minor changes. A few days ago, Bombay Times had reported that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had asked for 12 cuts despite an ‘A’ certificate for the film. The film was shot during the pandemic. The movie uses four central characters and blends their journeys to narrate the story of people in India during the first lockdown after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in 2020.Shweta Basu Prasad’s track in the film is about sex workers and highlights their plight during this phase. This part of the film courted trouble. The CBFC had directed Madhur to edit two visual scenes involving phone sex and physical relations between a sex worker and her client. The rest of the cuts had to do with the language used in the film. Madhur, who had visited the red-light area of Mumbai with Shweta as part of his research and prep, decided to approach the revising committee for redressal.
According to a source close to the project, “About 12-13 people from the Revising Committee saw the film. They not only loved it but also understood what Madhur was trying to convey through his stories. India Lockdown, like his other films, is close to reality. The committee members were happy to pass the film with only three minor changes. An intimate scene will be trimmed in duration and the other two changes are with the dialogues in the film.” We reached out to Madhur, who confirmed the news and said, “I am happy and relieved that the members of the Revising Committee understood the context and took a rational decision. I’m happy to make those changes.”

The film stars Prateik Babbar, Shweta Basu Prasad, Sai Tamhankar, Aahana Kumra, Zarin Shihab, Ayeesha Aiman, and Sativik Bhatia in central characters.

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