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Imtiaz Ali: Did not face major problem with censor board

At a time when censor board is facing backlash from the filmmakers, director Imtiaz Ali says he did not have any major trouble with the body while getting his upcoming film "Tamasha" cleared.

Imtiaz Ali
Imtiaz Ali

The kissing scenes between Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were shortened by the board but Imtiaz says the cuts cuts were not a major blow to the movie.

"I didn't have big problems with censor board. They were quite okay with what our film was and gave few suggestions... They were very reasonable and therefore I was also reasonable with them. It wasn't such a severe blow," Imtiaz told PTI.

"There were words, which censor board wanted us to beep. The board is sensitive to certain words against women and I don't have a big case against them really. Anything that fringed on that, they wanted us to mute."

The movie, which was given a U/A certificate, will release this Friday.

Asked if censorship affects a director's craft, Imtiaz said, "Anything a director makes and it gets cut by censor board will be resented by the director. It's the rule of the game."

The "Jab We Met" helmer, however, feels filmmakers should be responsible towards society.

"I want to be responsible when I am making a film. I have been very influenced by cinema and the morality that it extends on us when I was growing up," he said.

Ranbir, on his part, said he takes censorship with a pinch of salt.

"I heard Pahlaj ji has cut the kissing scene in James Bond movie. I have seen that scene. I don't think three second is not going to make much difference. At the same time, I also understand that censorship is very important in our country. We have a strong value system."

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