By: Settu Shankar
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Director Shankar has incorporated cuts in the final copy of Shivaji - The Boss after objections were raised by the Censor Board after the previewed the film. The edited scenes include a seductive scene featuring Shreya and the scene with Vivek's double dialogue. The film was screened before the Censor Board on the 15th of May. The producer said that there were no cuts suggested by the Censor Board after the screening was held. But now the truth has come out. During one of the songs, Rajini touches Shreya's navel. The officials on the Censor Board strongly objected to the scene and asked the producer to cut the scene out if they wanted to get clean U certification.
At the time Director Shankar was not in Chennai. He contacted the officials over the phone and argued that the scene was very important for that particular song sequence. But none of the Censor Board members were ready to hear him out. The scene in question was shot on a long rope and to reshoot the scene would be technically very difficult.
The Censor Board was the eventual victor and the scene was removed. Fortunately, Shankar reshoot the scene with careful instruction to his assistants to do it right this time. In other two scenes, which were rejected, the board members felt that the dialogues used by Vivek were ambiguous. They wanted the voce dubbing to be fully minimized during these two scenes.
Finally Shivaji' has been "censored" with three cuts in the orignal film. Shankar&team have replaced the conflicting scenes with suitable replacements. When asked about the cuts in the orignal version of the first copy, Director Shankar who is now at Cannes, told an oneindia.in correspondent, that he would prefer to keep mum on the issue.
He said, "I don't want to comment on anything concerning the censoring of Shivaji. But I don't think there is any wrong with the scenes. I enjoyed that scene. Regarding Vivek's scenes, there is a minor correction to be made. That has already been done. No doubt Shivaji is a clean entertainer and it will please all categories of people.''