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05-07-2009, 10:55 PM #1
Hit and Rann
What is it about controversy that so attracts Ram GopalVarma?
The filmmaker, who during the 26/11 terror attacks had faced flak for accompanying then Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh to the ravaged Taj hotel after NSG commandos had sanitised the building, might face trouble again. This time, Ramu has tampered with the Indian national anthem
in his forthcoming Amitabh Bachchan-Ritesh Deshmukh starrer Rann. It is most likely that the song will be banned by the Censor Board of Film Certification.
Vinayak Azad, regional officer of the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said, "Formal screening (of the promo of Rann) will take place tomorrow. However, as I understand, the lyrics of the national anthem cannot be played around with. In the film's case, the lyrics of the national anthem have been mixed with other words."
The CBFC will seek opinion on the promo of the film from concerned authorities in the Home and Law ministry.
Sheetal Talwar, co-producer of the film, said, "We believe the song reflects the current state of the country. Also, according to our constitution, one has the right to freedom of expression and speech. We are not violating any law or dishonoring the national anthem at all. There is no violation of copyright either."
Talwar is not worried that the song will be banned by the Censor Board. "We believe that it is appropriate for the film and we don't expect the promos to get banned. If there is a problem, we will take the necessary recourse," he said.
Director Ram Gopal Varma said, "I have not tinkered with the anthem or treated it in a disrespectful manner. The song has been used to express the angst of some characters of the film against the current situation in the country. It does not say anything that is not true. I think by the words and the visuals, everyone can see the dignity with which it has been treated."
While the Censor Board has not come across any film violating the national anthem or tampering with it, in the case of Bharat Bala's version of the national anthem, the Censor Board did seek an opinion from the Law ministry before clearing it.
05-08-2009, 03:38 PM #2
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