The Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has struck again. This time they have refused to give a certificate to the rape-and-revenge thriller Maatr, starring Raveena Tandon.
Reportedly, an entire group of CBFC members walked out during the screening of the film last week after it was discovered that the film's content was drastically different from the screenplay that was given to the board.
On Saturday, CBFC viewed the film again and banned it for allegedly violating several guidelines.
"Maatr has graphic and gruesome violence against women. The film is carpeted with maa-behen expletives. We can't even recommend that the abuses be beeped as they run through the course of the film in an ongoing rush of profanity," a source from the CBFC told The Quint.
Showing rape scenes and sequences in cinema is always problematic. Seems like the makers of Maatr have crossed the line this time.
"Rape sequences are always tricky. We never know when they stop becoming shocking and get into the voyeuristic/titillating zone. In Maatr, the women's violation is subject to allegations of excessive elaboration. Though the film is well-intended and hard-hitting, we cannot take the risk of incurring the wrath of organisation devoted to prevention of violation against women," a CBFC insider was d as saying.
Maatr's producers will now have to appeal to the Revising Committee. To get a certificate now will take some time and as such, the film won't release next week as was originally planned.