As he was making his movie he would have probably guessed about what fate awaited him. Well, the movie definitely has faced hurdles as far as a formal acceptance by the censor board is concerned.
Unfortunately the board has the supreme right to overrule an artist’s interpretation.
Such is the case of Aaranya Kaandam that has been given an A certificate after an agreement that 52 scenes be removed from the movie.
Here is an excerpt from the interview with the man on a mission who won’t give up so easily, Director Thiagarajan Kumararaja.
Recently the censor board passed your movie with an A certificate after a severe treatment, what do you think is it justified?
I don’t think it is justified at all. I don’t know why the censor board acts so biased; the whole issue with them has been the language which according to them is foul. Well, my all those dialogues have been kept in mind in accordance to how my characters develops throughout the movie. I am really finding it difficult at the moral policing rules that are cutting into artistic expression in Tamil films these days.
You have stated before about the movie being been made for an adult audience. Do you think it will go well with the Tamil audience?
You know Tamil audience is easy with ‘navel and cleavage’ shots and it has been going on for such a long time now. I have definitely made this movie keeping in mind a mature audience. The board is trying to keep away the audience from reality. There is not a single scene in my movie that could be close to what they refer as ‘titillation material’
What do you think about using technology and using the bleep as a mode to indicate the profane language that may be embarrassing for some viewers?
Bleeping out what the board feels as ‘objectionable’ is not going to any good , it will only distract the audience from the narrative flow. Once you create a believable fictional universe, you suck the audiences into that world and they tag along for the ride. I have put in so much into this movie and such instances will only make way for a disaster.
The censor has been in news for being biased and favoring certain shots and rejecting some, these days commercial movie follow the same routes in order to gain success. What do you think about the trend?
First and foremost the tribune should mark a preference for artistic preference it cannot work this way. It is really disheartening to see such bias.
Well thanks to some coward filmmakers who began to manipulate and carefully design their movies in a way that they would easily clear the U certificate so that they get a huge viewer ship amongst children and adults alike. An intelligent film finds it hard to make through all this mess.
Well artistic expression sadly has a hard chance in front of some cheap entertainment these days, we totally agree with you on the fact that the audience gulps steamy scenes as you mentioned if the movie has sexy glamour doll exposing her navel and then they gladly relish it by tagging the same as entertainment.
We wish you the very best for your release Kumararaja. Don’t give up easily.