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Hansal Mehta angry with A certificate given to 'Aligarh'

 31 January 2016
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The Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao-starrer 'Aligarh' is fighting a double battle with the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification). Firstly, the film's trailer, which is rated 'A', is only being allowed to screen with 'A' rated movies in theatres and post 11 pm on television. Secondly, the Examining Committee is certifying the film 'A', besides suggesting some cuts. Director Hansal Mehta is livid with their ruling and believes the film should get a 'U/A' rating.

Sources in the Censor Board tell us that they have asked the filmmakers to remove the Hindi expletives. "A few English abuses have been retained and so have the kisses in the movie. The filmmakers have been asked to tone down the court scene in which Manoj is yawning and sleeping as it is contempt of court," says our source. Unhappy with the cuts, Hansal will approach the FCAT (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal) with his case.

Terming the suggested cuts 'illogical', the director says, "They're trying to convey that by allowing a couple of kisses and abusive words, they are being liberal. It's ridiculous to think that Manoj sleeping in the court is 'contempt of court'. Wasn't Sunny Deol's lawyer banging the bench in the 'taareekh pe taareekh' scene (in Damini) contempt of court? All the ridiculous court scenes in most of our films are more 'contempt of court' than ours."

Hansal is currently working with his lawyers to build his case for the FCAT. "We're preparing our argument. I'm not giving up the fight. If needed, I will organise a protest. And that protest will be awkward for the people trying to hamper the film's release," he concludes.
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