Soha Ali Khan, whose mother Sharmila Tagore was once chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), says that as an artist she does not believe in censorship and CBFC needs to stop treating the audience as children. Soha said so beacuse her film 31st October struggled for clearance from the censor board.
When PTI asked Soha, ''How frustrating was it?'' She replied by saying, "It was very frustrating, of course. As artists, we don't believe in censorship. We believe in certification and I feel sometimes they cut too much.''
Soha Ali Khan further added, "They treat the audience as children... It is very frustrating.''
She also said that she felt more frustrated for the film's writer-producer Harry Sachdeva as 31st October is "the one film he has, which he is pushing".
"He chose a diplomatic route because this film is important for him. He didn't want to be aggressive about it... He slowly convinced the censor board," the actress revealed. Soha said the censors first asked for 40 cuts in the movie, and then the cuts were scaled to none.
31st October is based on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination and its repercussions. Considering the sensitive topic, the makers had to face a lot of trouble with the CBFC.