Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Sanju’ is one of the much-awaited films of the year. Well, before getting release, the film has embroiled in legal troubles.
Few days ago, a complaint was filed by Prithvi Mhaske of Sangharsh Foundation against the makers over the ‘toilet leakage’ scene in the trailer.
And now if reports are to be believed, CBFC have asked the makers to remove the scene of the overflowing prison toilet.
A source from the Censor Board says, “The scene wasn’t adding value to the narrative besides displaying the helpless situation of the protagonist. It was a judgment call taken from an artistic point of view which the filmmakers agreed to.”
The complainant Prithvi Mhaske of Sangharsh Foundation had claimed that the scene will make show the jail authorities in the bad light. The letter, which was addressed to Prasoon Joshi (CBFC Chairman), Ranbir Kapoor and Rajkumar Hirani, had stated, “In the trailer of the movie we have seen a scene that Sanjay Dutt was in such a barrack of a jail in which the toilet overflowed. As per the information available, the government and jail authorities are taking a very well care of all the barracks of the jails. We never heard any such incidents anywhere. Earlier as well many movies were released based on the gangsters wherein the jails were covered but never had seen such incidents.”
Activist Prithvi Maske, who wrote a letter to the CBFC condemning the scene, is content with the Board’s decision. “I was constantly taking legal advice on the matter. It is not favourable that something that shows the country and its administration in the wrong light, be passed. I was in touch with the CBFC and they assured me that my objection would be taken up with the makers of Sanju and addressed. The reason why the scene was cut is confidential information and will be given to me in a response, officially signed by CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi.” told Prithvi to the daily.
In an interview with Mid-day, Raju Hirani also explained why the scene was put in the first place. “The scene is from Sanju’s earlier stint in jail. It happened in 1993, during the monsoon. On that particular day, the drain in his cell overflowed due to heavy rains.”
Meanwhile, the biopic also stars Anushka Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Karishma Tanna, Vicky Kaushal, Dia Mirza and Jim Sarbh.