'Who is the real Haraamkhor?' Twitterati fume as Censor Board declines to pass film

Jun 20, 2016, 14:33 IST | mid-day online correspondent

After 'Udta Punjab', Nawazuddin Siddiqui's 'Haraamkhor' has run into trouble with Censor Board which has declined to give the movie a certificate. Outrage followed with Twitter users expressing displeasure and anger

After 'Udta Punjab', Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer and Anurag Kashyap co-produced 'Haraamkhor' has run into trouble with the censor board, which has declined to give the movie a certificate.

Directed by Shlok Sharma, the film chronicles a relationship between a 14-year-old girl (Shweta Tripathi) and her tuition teacher, played by Siddiqui, in a small town.

'Who is real Haraamkhor?' Twitterati fume after Censor declines to pass filmA still from 'Haraamkhor'

There were reports that a screening of the film was held recently for the Examining Committee of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The committee, however, declined to pass the movie.

According to a source, "The Censor Board has refused to censor the film because of the story of the film. The film is about the love story between the teacher and a student and according to the board teacher is considered as idols and are worshiped so they have an objection with it."

Twitterati outraged with some quipping 'who is the real 'Haraamkhor' here' and some asking the CBFC to stop being promotional partner of movies.

Here are some Twitter reactions:

What the filmmakers have to say:

When asked about this, co-producer Guneet Monga of Sikhya Entertainment told PTI, "Yes, they refused to give us a certificate saying that the theme of the film is objectionable. They didn't ask for any cuts, just refused to pass the film, saying that it puts the teachers in a bad light."

Interestingly, the film was premiered in 15th annual New York Indian Film Festival, where Siddiqui received the Best Actor award for his performance. 'Haraamkhor' was also presented the Silver Gateway of India trophy at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival last year.

Monga says she tried to explain the members of the committee the context of the film but they said the theme of the movie was "unacceptable."

"I did (explain to the members) but they said the movie shows the teachers in a bad light, which is unacceptable to the society. I tried to reason that these things do happen. In fact, the film's director was inspired by real life stories to make the movie. But nothing happened."

The next step for the makers is to take the movie to Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).

"We will now follow the procedure and take our movie to FCAT. We are trying for that."

Asked if need be, will they be going to the court, Monga said, "I hope not. I hope the issue gets resolved."

(With inputs from Gaurav Dubey and PTI)

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