Filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia who turned 50 on Monday, couldn’t have hoped for a better birthday gift.
The Central Board of Film Certification under its new chairperson Prasoon Joshi granted Apu’s on-release film Haseena Parkar an all-clear…almost.
Says the jubilant birthday boy, “They requested one word ‘charas’ to be muted and one cut where a woman is being shown being assaulted during riots. That’s it. I happily went with these cuts . No argument. The cuts made sense. I must say the censor experience was quick and pleasant.We were in at 6 pm and out in a few hours.We got a ‘UA’ with hardly any cuts.”
Incidentally, last week’s release Arjun Rampal’s Arun Gawli bio-pic Daddy which featured Haseena Parkar’s notorious brother DawoodIbrahim was granted an ‘Adults’ certificate during Pahlaj Nihalani’s tenure as the CBFC chairperson.