The last film starring him might have reached family audiences worldwide, but Aamir Khan's next production, Peepli Live starring Raghuvir Yadav, is for adults only.
It is learnt that the actor was given the option of making a few cuts and getting a 'U' rating for the film. The actor-producer was cool with the 'adults only' tag and refused any and all cuts.
Says a source from Aamir Khan Productions, "We have got an 'A' certificate with no cuts. Peepli Live is about farmer suicides and uses very authentic, colourful rustic language, the sort you get to hear in villages. To retain its essence, it was important no scene be cut. The language made the members of the censor board squirmy and they asked for cuts. However, Aamir was clear that none of the lines would be cut or the use of words diluted, and was given to take his film to only the 18-plus audience."
The film is the official entry to the Sundance Film Festival, and Khan didn't want the Censor Board to tamper with the material. The source adds, "Peepli Live has made an entry in the World Cinema Narrative category. It's the first Indian film to go to the festival, and making cuts for the Indian audience wouldn't have been fair."
Directed by debutant Anusha Rizvi, the film is a satire, a black comedy about rural life and set to release sometime this year.
'A' Films are meant for adult audiences above 18 years only. This rating is given to movies with heavy doses of violence, sexuality, frightening images and language.
|A STUDY IN THREE: screen suicides|
ABOUT: A farmer who declares his suicide date months before he plans to put it to action.
THE CATALYST: Nawaz, a reporter who hears about the case and wants to break the news.
AUR PHIR? The news catches the attention of politicians and news channels who want to get mileage out of the situation.
BUT: After deliberation, farmer decides not to kill himself.
THE END? Nawaz ends up killing himself.
ABOUT: Hero, an exuberant auto-rickshaw driver who falls for Roopa, a starlet. Her family is dead against a match.
THE CATALYST: Sitara Devi, a diva, makes Hero's televised 'suicide' in the name of love a well publicized phenomenon.
AUR PHIR? Their love story becomes a mega media event and the protagonists end up becoming the puppet in the hands of the diva.
THE END? Hero gets heroine. Happy ending.
Main Azaad Hoon
ABOUT: Azaad, an unemployed youth becomes a puppet in the hands of a reporter who uses him as a gimmick to keep her job.
THE CATALYST: The junta,
who actually fall for the idealistic hero who is ready to commit suicide to prove his point. AUR PHIR? Azaad is found out to be an unwitting fraud, who has no idea what he has played into. His ideals are questioned.
THE END? He jumps!