Filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia who turned 50 on Monday, couldn t have hoped for a better birthday gift. The Central Board of Film Certification under its new chairperson Prasoon Joshi granted Apu s on-release film Haseena Parkar an all-clear almost.
Says the jubilant birthday boy, They requested one word charas to be muted and one cut where a woman is being shown being assaulted during riots. That s it. I happily went with these cuts. No argument. The cuts made sense. I must say the Censor experience was quick and pleasant. We were in at 6 pm and out in a few hours. We got a UA with hardly any cuts.
Incidentally, last week s release Arjun Rampal s Arun Gawli biopic Daddy which featured Haseena Parkar s notorious brother Dawood Ibrahim was granted an Adults certificate during Pahlaj Nihalani s tenure as the CBFC chairperson.