defends controversial sex scenes
Gustaad, director of the Indian film Boom, has today (Friday 26
September) defended his work on the BBC Asian Network's Sonia Deol
has been slated by critics for its raunchy sex scenes, breaking
all rules of taste and decency in Indian cinema.
told listeners to the Sonia Deol Show that despite the slating he
is proud of his work.
had mixed feelings about the film and many felt that Indian cinema
was being taken down a road too familiar with Hollywood and far
away from traditional Indian film history.
editor of Film International magazine in Mumbai, Komal Nahatha,
was highly critical of the film's content and the audiences' decision
to shun its screenings, claimed by many critics to be vulgar.
Gustaad told the Sonia Deol Show that this certainly wasn't the
said: "Before the film came out, it made the front page of
The Mid Day newspaper in India. In the history of any newspaper
in India, no mere film review has ever warranted headline news.
film was attacked, assaulted, it was assassinated not purely because
it was a good or a bad film. They attacked this film as though they
are the arbiters of this country's morality and of what is or isn't
there is only one governing authority that can do that and that
is the Central Board of Film Classification in India, who passed
it with only a few cuts."
listen to the interview, go to: www.bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork
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