MUMBAI: Bollywood filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s upcoming release ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’, has been given an ‘A’ certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Regional Officer, Vinayak Azad.
In the film, veteran actor Pankaj Kapur’s character named ‘Mandola’ habitually repeats the word, ‘Paincho Paincho’, throughout the film. This is probably the reason why the CBFC went with the “Adults only” rating. “Paincho” is a close rhyme with an abusive Hindi word.
But the filmmaker, with his inclination of all things authentic, diagrees. “It isn’t an abusive word. Besides, it’s meant to be hilarious, not offensive,” says Vishal.
While, ‘Paincho’ may not have gone down well with the CBFC, the word is sure to have its viewers in splits.
Vishal further proclaims, “Do not kill the flavor of the region for one word that sounds like a ‘gaali’ as it is not an adult film. The phrase is not offending at all… in fact, it is amusing. ‘Paincho Paincho’ is actually quite musical. There is an extremely popular family restaurant in Bandra called ‘Papa Pancho’. Society has accepted that, then why not in the film? Society has to come out of this hypocrisy.”
The ‘Omkara’ director has decided to appeal the decision passed by the CBFC. He plans to take it up with the Revising Committee on 17 December.
“I will request the Censor board to have a look at the film again. I have not accepted the ‘A’ rating by the Regional Officer and I’m taking it to the Revising Committee. I would request the Board to look at the intention.”
‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ set in Haryana, features Anushka Sharma, Imran Khan and Pankaj Kapur. The film is set to release on 11 January, 2013.