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24 September 2014
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Gustaad defends controversial sex scenes

Kaizad Gustaad, director of the Indian film Boom, has today (Friday 26 September) defended his work on the BBC Asian Network's Sonia Deol Show.

Boom has been slated by critics for its raunchy sex scenes, breaking all rules of taste and decency in Indian cinema.

Kaizad told listeners to the Sonia Deol Show that despite the slating he is proud of his work.

Listeners 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.

The 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.

Kaizad Gustaad told the Sonia Deol Show that this certainly wasn't the case.

He 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.

"This 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 permissible.

"But 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."

To listen to the interview, go to: and click on the link to the Sonia Deol homepage.

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