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Sanjay Guptaís Pankh is in trouble with the censor board over a nude scene

June 01, 2009 - Source: Mumbai Mirror
The censor board members have raised a strong objection to a scene in Sanjay Gupta’s Pankh. The scene has first time actor Maradona Rebello baring his butt. The Sudipto Bhattacharya directed film has been stuck with the censor board for three months now. 

Pankh also stars Bipasha Basu, Lilette Dubey and Mahesh Manjrekar. The film is about a man who is treated as a woman by his mother since childhood and how, subsequently, he is confused about his sexuality.

The censor board members have seen the film twice and had earlier raised objection to the abusive language and some other content. The makers of the film promptly had the offending scenes deleted and the abusive words beeped. 
Sanjay Gupta, producer of Pankh said, “Yes, the censor board has objected to the scene but it is an extremely important sequence that is integral to the film. I cannot divulge details as that would mean giving away the plot.

We are the last people to have anything incorporated in a film just for the sake of sensationalism. We have made the changes we had been asked to make in the content and language but I just cannot do without that particular scene in the film. The film is still stuck and we hope that they soon be convinced.”

Vinayak Azad, Regional Officer, Censor Board said, “We have indeed raised an objection to the scene and we have asked them to modify it. Though they have made the other changes we had requested them to, this scene still remains and hence the problem.”

When we asked Azad whether this is part of a framed guideline to censor such scenes, he said, “There are no guidelines. We have to see a film and make decisions accordingly. 

In the scene, a male actor is completely nude in front of his mother (played by Lillete Dubey) and his rear is exposed to the audience. That is the reason we have asked them to either change or modify the sequence