The eagerly-awaited Amitabh Bachchan-Deepika Padukone father-daughter saga Piku has been cleared by the Censor Board Of Film Certification with absolutely no cuts but with a U/A certificate.
That means kids can watch Shoojit Sircar's father-daughter saga with their parents. With the censor board's certification, the film's producers can breathe a sigh of relief, as it was feared that the film's endless toilet jokes would not go down well with some members of the censor board.
Jubilant after the certification, director Shoojit Sircar says he never had any problem with the censor board with any of his three films. "There were no cuts in my last film Madras Cafe in spite of the intense sensitive political nature of the theme. And in my first feature Vickey Donor only one word was cut from the entire film and that was 'vagina'."
Shoojit joins voices with a growing number of voices within the film industry who feel the current CBFC is being unnecessarily lambasted for being over-conservative. Says producer Pritish Nandy, "The censor board appears to be far more liberal now. At least from what I've seen till now. The most innocuous scenes from my films, even the award-winning ones, were chopped off by the censor board during the earlier government. The idea is to certify, not censor. The CBFC is not a nanny. It is a guide."