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Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has filed an RTI against certificates given to 'Ram Leela' and 'Madras Café'

Director Hansal Mehta has filed an RTI against 'Ram Leela' and is now planning to file RTI against 'Madras Café' and 'Grand Masti' as well.

Hansal Mehta
Hansal Mehta

The director feels that Madras Cafe, despite its several violent scenes, was granted a U/A certificate, whereas his recently released film, 'Shahid', starring Rajkumar Rao, did not get similar certification.

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in 'Ram Leela'
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in 'Ram Leela'

When contacted, Mehta pointed out that there was no graphic violence shown in his film, and yet the censor board insisted on giving Shahid an A certificate. "This, in turn, has jeopardised the satellite rights of my film.

John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in 'Madras Café'
John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in 'Madras Café'

I lay low during the film's release but then I was appalled to see Ram Leela and Madras Café get a U/A certificate in spite of several violent sequences and the generous use of foul language," he said.

He added that notwithstanding his repeated attempts at getting the censor board to reconsider its certification, the latter is yet to see his film again. "They haven't watched my film in the past three months, and I find this treatment highly discriminatory," said Mehta.

The director also shared CBFC's response to his RTI against 'Ram Leela on a social networking website. "CBFC gave Ram Leela a U/A certificate which means that several kissing and action scenes were allowed with 'parental guidance'.

Meanwhile, 'Shahid' featured no kissing, had very little violence and we even offered to replace / mute expletives. Yet we were given an 'A' certificate," he lamented, adding that the board's examining committee had also objected to Shivaji Maharaj's name being mentioned in a dialogue even though 'the film didn't make any derogatory comments against the king'.

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