A Conversation With : Bollywood filmmaker Zoya Akhtar, director of films such as Luck By Chance, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Updated on: 15 Jun 2016
Bollywood filmmaker Zoya Akhtar, who came out in full support of the Udta Punjab team, has always believed that censoring a piece of art was bizarre. In an exclusive chat with Firstpost, the director of films such as Luck By Chance, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do, lashes out at the system and hints that tomorrow it could be her turn.
What is your take on the Udta Punjab censorship issue and on the stand that CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) has taken?
It is getting crazy. We have been saying for a long time that legally it is a certification board; why are they censoring? It is absolutely ridiculous to say 'take out Punjab', 'take out MLA, MP' or the cuss words. The producer and director are not asking for a Universal certificate, where you need to protect children. We are talking about adults, we are saying give an Adult certificate. Are you trying to say that adults are not fit to watch films and make up their own mind?
Do you think there are many discrepancies and inconsistencies in the system?
That makes no sense because every time a new CBFC chief comes, the morality of the country can't change. Today somebody sitting there feels this is wrong and it should be cut; tomorrow somebody else comes and has another point of view. The only thing that makes sense is that you certify the film and tell people it is an Adult movie, or it is a U/A movie, or a U movie and everyone goes according to the law. You should hold theatre owners' responsible, see that they do not allow underage children in. For instance, in a bar, the bar owner is responsible that he doesn't serve alcohol to an underage child. You can't say that even the adults can't go into the bar. But the problem here is that the CBFC is censoring adults, and as an adult citizen do you want to be censored? Can't we make up our own mind?
Have you had any issue with the CBFC when it comes to your films?