MUMBAI: Deepa Mehta whose earliers films Fire, Water and 1947-Earth got into a severe censorial crises , is pinching herself in disbelief.
Her latest and most controversial film Midnight’s Children was cleared on Wednesday without a single cut. Deepa who was all set for a prolonged battle to preserve her footage from any sign of desecration is over the moon.
Says the astounded ecstatic and relieved director, “After the unnecessary controversies I was kind of expecting some kind of problem. But the censorboard was exceptionally fair. They didn’t cut a single shot of my film. Of course they gave it an ‘A’ certificate. That’s fine. Midnight’s Children is meant for children. But the fact that an adult audience is being treated as a mature viewership is a sign of the changes that are creeping slowly but surely into the Indian socio-political framework.”
Now after the censorial clearance we hear PVR the Indian distributors of Midnight’s Children have taken a decision to dub the film into Hindi before its release at the end of January 2013.
Says Deepa, “I leave these matters to my very capable distributors.I am just happy that my film would be seen uncut in India.”
The censorial all-clear flag is of special relief to Deepa after her film’s one-show screening at the Film festival Of Kerala earlier this month. After the screening some Congress sections accused the film of showing Mrs Indira Gandhi in a poor light.
Says Deepa, “I think with the censorboard clearing the film uncut we can safely say that Midnight’s Children is not meant to show anyone or any section in a poor light.”