Censors clear film on Indira Gandhi after nine cuts and beeps on certain words

Soha Ali Khan in a scene from the film.

Soha Ali Khan in a scene from the film.

The censors have finally approved “31st October,” a movie based on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the aftermath of her killing.

The film written and produced by Harry Sachdeva, featuring Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das has been cleared after four-month wait and nine major cuts It is based on Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her two Sikh bodyguards.

Sachdeva, who had to make some modifications in the film, said: “It took time, but we were eventually able to convince the censor board to retain the scenes which brought out the realism of the story and which were important to the narrative.”

“There’s a reason for bringing this subject to the screen and justice needs to be done to the subject,” he added.

The producer admits that many of the scenes depicting violence and bloodshed had to be edited out.“I took nine major cuts. The censors insisted that some of the scenes and dialogues could instigate a particular community, so it needed to be toned down.”

“The Revising Committee made us re-submit the film several times, trimming down scenes that they had issues with by six to seven minutes. All verbal abuses have been beeped, even something as common as ‘saala’ on several instances,” he said.
Then film is directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil.

Patil has directed Marathi film Dhag (Blaze). The story of the film is of a young boy wanting to break the successions of traditional jobs in his low caste family. The film was released in 2014. The highly acclaimed film won 47 awards which includes 3 awards at the 60th National Film Awards : Best Director, Best Actress for Usha Jadhav and a Special Jury mention for performance by a child actor for Hansraj Jagtap. – CINEWS

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