4 November 2018 | anidempo
A brilliant movie killed by the Indian Censor Board
I was waiting for 2 years to get this in streaming service, hoping they would bring in the unreleased and the original print of the movie. But the Indian Censor Board has stepped in to see that did not happen ever. Not sure if the filmmakers them self took the call to change the original screenplay. But even if Hotstar cannot get the uncensored print, well then we'll never get to see this masterpiece with its full glory ever.
Now, most of the people talked about screenplay, story, and other things. Which no one pointed out is the actual reflection of the Indian everyday life in this movie. How the simple men have their friendship. How they struggle everyday to hold onto a dream. How women love their faulty spouse without restriction. How the police is fed up with the everyday banter of the family matters, where they don't even need to intervene. How a psychotic breakdown of normal people would leave you wondering about your own sanity.
The only thing is missing is the language which was very much required. Censor board, or the filmmakers, who took a wrong turn by changing the presentation language. It made the movie feel so unrealistic. It felt like what you're used to hear in the streets of India is actually translated for school books, and then being fed to you with a specific propaganda that Indians don't use foul language. Which India is that ??
The words were not derogatory, since that is the actual way people speak in India. 'Delhi Belly' is one of the best example of this. They could have easily given this movie 'A' and released with actual dialogues, not a text book story.
Anyways, we will miss this movie in its actual glory. But it was mad fun and really sad to see the truth on screen. After all Bollywood movies are about make belief and hiding the ugly rudeness of reality.
But in recent times there is a shift. 'Karwaan', 'Masaan', 'Andhadhun', 'Istri', 'Newton', are all full of promises and seems like there is finally hope for commercial movies in Bollywood. Well better late than never.