Substance Abuse, Terrorism, Women Problems… Will Ranbir Kapoor's 'Sanju' Face Censor Trouble?
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Substance Abuse, Terrorism, Women Problems… Will Ranbir Kapoor's 'Sanju' Face Censor Trouble?

There are plenty of sequences in the otherwise well-received trailer that may land the makers in trouble with the Censor Board

Those who have seen the trailer of  Raj Kumar Hirani’s eagerly-awaited Sanjay Dutt bio-pic  are pretty stunned  by some of  the more lurid visuals including one  of  excreta flowing out of  Dutt’s prison cell and a shot of Ranbir Kapoor standing  nude in front of  prison officials with a  water jug strategically placed on the table to cover him. Ranbir has gone on-record to state that he is comfortable with removing his clothes in front of the camera. His first film Saawariya had the famous towel scene where he literally and figuratively dropped the towel!

Regrettably, the Indian censor board is not as evolved as Ranbir or Rajkumar Hirani.  A  source  from the CBFC foresees trouble for Sanju’s theatrical trailer.  “I don’t think the  trailer can go the way it is. At least not with feature films that are ‘U’ or ‘UA’. The  trailer has scenes where Ranbir Kapoor discusses drugs, alcohol and how many women he has slept with. One sequence is clearly disrespectful to the mangalsutra. And  the sequence of  the overflowing excreta is visually repugnant.”

A  more  urgent problem that may  prop up is that of Sanjay Dutt’s  conviction in the Mumbai bomb blast case. “The trailer clearly suggests Sanjay Dutt was innocent. This is against the  court’s verdict. There will be a moral and legal outrage at  this attempt  to whitewash  his image. We will have to look into how much artistic liberty we can permit without  distorting legal facts,” says the censor source.

Whether censors try to snip Sanju or let it go as it is, remains to be seen. But going by the response to the trailer, it can be safely said that the movie is bound to get a bumper opening.