It’s quite surprising that the Central Board of Film Certification did not demand for any cuts in Vidya Balan’s upcoming movie ‘Begum Jaan’. With so much profanity and cuss words, which is in fact relevant to the script, ‘Begum Jaan’ managed to get through the CBFC successfully and is all set to hit the Indian theatres on April 14th.
However, the movie did not get past the Pakistan censor board just like ‘Raees’, ‘Naam Shabana’ and other Bollywood movies.
Talking to a leading daily, Mahesh Bhatt expressed his disappointment, and said,“I was told by my distributor that Pakistan, as a policy, does not permit the import of films dealing with the issue of Partition. I requested the key officer of the Pakistan censor board to at least view the film and then take a decision. I was assured they would look into the matter. Sadly, I have not heard from them since. My distributor informs me that his office has been intimated that ‘Begum Jaan’ won’t be imported into Pakistan .”
Mahesh Bhatt quite upset about the rejection, ” I did not look at Pakistan just as a market to sell my wares. Yes, when ‘Begum Jaan’ was not viewed by their Censor Board, I was ridiculed by some of my close associates. That did hurt ,” he added.
Discussing the rejection faced by the movie, the director of ‘Begum Jaan’ Srijit Mukherji said, ” It is the rule of someone’s land, which must be respected. Unfortunately, the common thread binding these two nations is the history and Partition is the integral tragedy connecting us. All the hatred can be traced back to it. Understanding and analysing it from a human view would help but it’s a pity they don’t want to. They are touchy and sensitive about this issue .”