MUMBAI: The male genitalia would have made a frontal entry in Indian cinema if only the Censor Board Of Film Certification(CBFC) had not played the spoilsport.
There’s a sequence in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi where Shefali Shah, stunningly effective as a brothel’s Madame, cuts off the resident’s pimp’s penis.
The sequence showed the blood-splattered hand of Shefali holding the pimp’s still-erect penis. The despicable pimp is played by the film’s director Nagesh Kukunoor .
Very shocking, very explicit by Indian film’s standards.
The shot has been removed by the censor board.
Says the film’s co-producer Elahe Hiptoolah, “We still have the sequence suggesting Shefali Shah’s character castrating the bloody pimp. But we’ve removed the close-up shot of the penis in Shefali’s hand. We wanted to show the dis-empowerment of the brutal man in a literal way. But the censor board found the shot unaesthetic. Finally, we decided to remove the penis shot.”
If the shot had remained, Kukunoor would have been the first actor in cinema anywhere to show his private part removed from his body.
“Prosthetics. I am intact everywhere,” the director quips.