There is a change in plan for Madhur Bhandarkar and his Calendar Girls. After being content with an A certificate for the film, the filmmaker is now having second thoughts about the audience he wishes to cater to for his newest offering. He is now vying for a U/A certificate for his latest outing and for that, he is re-submitting the film to the Revising Committee.
“For around a week, Bhandarkar felt that it was okay for the film to reach out only to the adults. However, with the recent shift in stance of the Censor Board towards the cuss words, he is trying out more options for the film. In the first submission, Censors had asked him to mute cuss words like ‘bit$h’, ‘wh$re’, ‘fu$k’, ‘saa!a’, ‘saa!i’ and ‘har$$mi’ from the film. Now that there is relaxation on that, he wants the Revising Committee to give a re-look to his film,” informs our source.
Though his Heroine as well as Fashion were given an Adults Only certificate, Madhur as well as the film’s producers feel that Calendar Girls should go for a U/A certificate. This would also ensure that there is wider viewership for the film which features five debutants – Akanksha Puri, Avani Modi, Kyra Dutt, Ruhi Singh and Satarupa Pyne.
“The current Censor Board may have laid down a few rules but has been by and large flexible when it comes to hearing the other side of the story,” the source adds, “Bhandarkar feels that he would be given a due hearing and a balanced call would be taken. He is even willing to negotiate further in case there is any visual or language bit that needs modification. As long as the core content of Calendar Girls is retained, he wishes to take the film to a larger audience.”
Since the film is slated for 25th September release and it is exactly 50 days away from release, the idea is to arrive at a common ground on a quick note so that active marketing and promotion can kick-start for the glam, yet shocking affair.
Though Madhur Bhandarkar was unavailable for comment, sources confirm that the film would be screened again for the Revising Committee in a span of two to three days itself.
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