Can a revealing costume of a 'Calendar Girl' emerging from the sea be considered as a 'shocking nude'? Well, for some 'sources' out there, it did appear to be the case, who were left wondering if filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar had crossed a certain line with the manner in which the promo of his upcoming offering Calendar Girls was cut. However, this time around the only difference is that Bhandarkar, who doesn't mind courting controversy with practically every film of his since Chandni Bar, has been left amused himself.
"Nude shot? But where is it? Even he would like to see if there is any in Calendar Girls because as far as he knows, he hasn't directed any such scene for the film, least of it including it in the promo and then sending it out to the Censors no less. Really, some imagination this is," wonders a source close to the filmmaker, who is working with absolute newcomers this time around after directing Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in Heroine and Fashion respectively.
A few days back, there were reports though that there was indeed a nude scene in Calendar Girls, which had to be chopped off from the promo in order to allow its play on television.
"Come on, Madhur Bhandarkar is known for certain kind of cinema and these reports about a nude scene being in the trailer is completely untrue. There is no such scene in the film," the source continues.
But then as the adage goes, there can be no smoke without fire.
"Since when did a revealing costume turn out to be nude," questions the source, "There is just a passing shot of one of the 'Calendar Girls' emerging from under the sea in a revealing costume. But please, she has her clothes on. Even for that shot when the suggestion was made to chop it off from just the promo, so that it gets a U/A certificate and hence can be played on television, Bhandarkar complied. Why would he have problems with that? However, it is surprising no less when such a big deal is made about a non-issue and exaggeration comes into play."
Moreover, with a woman producer (Sangeeta Ahir) on board, it was again a given that there won't be anything offensive in the promo or the film that would result in outrage amongst the fairer sex.
"Sangeetaji green-lighted the project because she liked the fact that Calendar Girls is about women empowerment, their struggle and courage. It is in fact emotional journey of five girls," the source adds.
For Madhur Bhandarkar though, it is business as usual as he gears up for the promo launch for his film that is set to release in less than two months from now on 7th August.
"I don't know from where this report came in," smiles Madhur, "Once the film is released, people will know there cannot be a scene like that out there."
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