Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fight For CinePride : Cut Boy-Boy Love Making Say Censors

We have been told by the censor board representative – (the regional officer) that the reason for the deletion of the love making scene between the “boys” (ishhh! jitin and karan will be really happy to hear them referred to as BOYS!) is NOT ESSENTIAL in any way to the film.  how essential was the kissing and smooching scene (deep tongue to throat kiss it was) featuring madhuri dixit and vinodkhanna in dayavan? it also shows the voyeur in vinodkhanna unleashed watching his wife Madhuri taking bath”… in sure in the context of the film – It was essential.. no? and may be that is the Indian cultural way of having heterosexual sex. what me poor homosexual will know? you may argue that it was essential in context of the story line of the film… like… come again… what  is the story line of dayavan? but that had feroz khan… no? how could you object to feroz khan… we understand your compulsions sir. o! upar se order aaya hogaa!

Again sir, akshaykumar and rekha singing “in the night no control… kyaakarukuchtohbol… pyaasahaimeratannnn” and having a mud bath was essential to the script naa… ? but no no! gay love making scene.. that is the turning point and essential to the script… is offensive right?

for all those whose are unaware here are some scenes from the films.

Also, as your “EXPERT” opinion matters. I am sure that the people mentioned below are NOT experts. Right?

Kindly run your eyes through the varied responses of my dostlog.  

" 'Amen' is a brave and honest effort to portray the complexity, anxiety and eventual acceptance of gay sexuality in an urban context. It is delicate, savage, tender and touching."
- Shobhaa De.

“Amen, which starts with Andy and Harry meeting for the first time physically after a brief interaction online, moves into an expression of sexual angst from Andy, who is in denial, and a display of sexual comfort from Harry, who is free from fear of any disclosure about himself, both who have dared to share a few moments of pleasure with each other without ever having met before.
The scene of their love making is in your face, which is perhaps, why, so many actors refused to play their parts, despite ironically both being parts actors would rarely ever get the chance to play.
How Harry heals Andy physically and emotionally and sets him free literally and figuratively is what the rest of the 15 minutes of the film achieves seamlessly through the most sensitive storytelling by the directors that I have seen coming from any Indian film maker in the recent past.”
- Vinta Nanda

‘“There are gasps when Andy and Harry, two urban males in big-town India, engage in intense lovemaking, in Amen. And there is laughter when Andy — about to get engaged to a girl and asked by his partner Harry whether he enjoys sex equally with her — replies with a straight face, "I don't believe in pre-marital sex”.
The films reflect the diversity of issues that the community continues to face — from social prejudices to the predicament of acknowledging their sexuality.’
Article: “Film festival puts spotlight on alternate sexuality”
AtulSethi, TNN, Nov 29, 2010, 05.18am IST
Times of India Nov 29, 2010 after Nigah Queer Film Fest

“Signaling a new generation of filmmaking around queer issues in India, Amen ventures with boldness and maturity into the complex intersections of coming out, dealing with abuse and challenging compulsory marriage – trials that many queer people in India must confront. Featuring two charming, sexy – yet troubled – young men whose internet sex date goes horribly wrong, Amen moves beyond popular Bollywood veneers that mask, justify or explain queerness away, and deals with sexuality with a casual, yet complicated tone. Are chance encounters just fleeting? Or do they have the ability to change us forever? Amen draws its audience into this tumultuous one-night-stand between Andy and Harry, urging us eventually to dispel our deeply-held fears and break our long-held silences.”
-Mr. Mario D'Penha
(Organizer of Nigah Queer Fest 2010) reviews "Amen"

“For the sensitive depiction of the little discussed aspect of same gender dating through websites; the film’s assertive conclusion, credible performances, and technical assurance.”

Best Indian Narrative Short – Amen 
 Jury’s Citation (Voiced by Khalid Mohammad at Kashish -  Mumbai International Queer Film Festival):

Dear sir, now do you argue that the people above have no cinema sense? Or is it that the censor board is yet to wake up to the realities of sexuality? I have cited a few examples above, tell me how were those scenes integral to the script. And regarding boy-boy making out, my darling sir, could you tell me how does it in any way OFFEND… in comparison is Vidya Balan’s orgasm in Dirty Picture. The chutiya word used like a bhajan in Delhi Belly, or even rishi kapoor’s sexy frontal and back shown in bobby. The booby of all heroines in raj kapoor’s films..

Please enlighten me.

p.s. thank you for confirming that you google up and read my blog. welcome. Yes, my blog is not popular, but amazing that you find it in the first 5 search results in google.

Also sir, I am sorry that I mentioned that it was one month up that we applied. It was a ‘phrase’. It was around 25 days.  Just as you asked to delete Boy-Boy love making scene and allowed all the other heterosexual, and vulgar scenes. Like that only. 

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