New Delhi: It seems Baabumoshai Bandukbaaz' tryst with controversies is non ending. Even before the Censor board ordered 48 cuts in the film, there was yet another controversy before that. Kiron Kherr, the producer of the film complained that some members of the CBFC have misbehaved with her a complaint has also been filed.
The censor board has also ordered 48 cuts in the film for it to be eligible for an adult certification. Director of the film Kushan Nandy alleged that CBFC has handed him a list, which includes cuss words, kissing and intimate scenes and dialogues that it wants removed from his film. The moral guardian that Pahlaz Nihalani plays time and again is again at the receiving end for flaunting his censor scissors. "How can a woman wear a sari like this," he asks.
Whether it's bringing alive illustrious writer Saadat Hasan Manto onscreen in "Manto" or essaying a rustic sharpshooter in his most "besharam" film "Babumoshai Bandookbaaz", actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's new projects are about exploring the unexplored.
"Gangs of Wasseypur", "The Lunchbox", "Badlapur", "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", "Manjhi: The Mountain Man", "Haraamkhor" and "Raees" are some of the projects which have let him show his range as an actor. Now he's out to stretch that out with "Manto" and "Babumoshai Bandookbaaz". While Nandita Das's directorial "Manto" has already made the right noises at the Cannes Film Festival last month, one look at the trailer of the latter film tells you how bold can Nawazuddin get. The actor, who has his roots in the hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh, said: "'Baabumoshai...' is a very 'ajeeb, tedi-medi' (strange and crooked) film. I don't know how many people will like it because we are used to soft, sweet films or patriotic movies, but this film breaks all barriers." "It's very realistic, very desi and it has all the 'besharmi' (shamelessness) from which we try to save ourselves. There are hypocrites all around who say we don't want to see these things, but when alone, they see it all... Only when they're out in the society, they become 'shareef'." "This film breaks it all, and I would say, 'Bahut hi besharam film hai yeh (This is a very shameless film')." In "Manto", meanwhile, the actor will be seen bringing forth the simplicity of the writer, who was a strong advocate of free speech. "'Manto' has been a great experience... People know a lot about his work and he continues to be known for his daring and boldness," Nawazuddin said, drawing a deep breath of satisfaction -- understandably of getting his due in the industry. "I am doing the kind of roles that I really want to do... The industry is giving them to me. I never wanted to do black and white kind of roles. Our (Indian film) hero has no drawback at all... So I am not interested in those roles," Nawazuddin said. "And there's one villain who has all the evil. I am not interested in that role as well. I am drawn to close-to-real-life roles where the character is a mix of black and white... I prefer grey." News24Bureau with Agencies