Raj Kumar Hirani has never had to go through any trouble to get his films passed by the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC), until now. He has been apprehensive about whether Sala Khadoos would get approved without any amendments, when the body has listed a number of words as objectionable and hence, not to be kept in the film.
“I went to the censor board with the film and I was worried. I heard that they are removing many words from films. I was scared for my film's title and one song. However, I was pleasantly surprised when they had no objections to anything and we got U/A certificate,” Hirani told Firstpost.
He also explained how the word 'Saala' was allowed to be used in the film's title, given that it is considered to be an expletive. "There is always an abuse attached to the word 'saala'. But Saala Khadoos is a proper family film and 'saala' had been said with such innocence that censor board doesn’t need to remove it," reveals Hirani.
I try to break the mould every time: R Madhavan
Actor R Madhavan is no less popular than any other Bollywood stars, but he is rarely seen doing Hindi films. The actor reveals that he is very choosy about films he takes because he doesn't want to upset his audience. He doesn't believe in doing films just to tick of a frequency.
“In 15 years, I have done eleven films. And what happens is when you do those kinds of film is that you usually stay in the public memory for a longer time. You have to be very careful with the way the public is involved and you cannot afford to insult them when they come to see your movies,” Madhavan told Firstpost.
Madhavan claims that he always try to offer something fresh with his every film. “My endeavour is to find a script that will push my boundaries and take it to a different level,” he said.
Don't compare 'Saala Khadoos’ to 'Chak De India' and 'Mary Kom'
Sala Khadoos is the second film on boxing, after Mary Kom and R Madhavan playing a boxing coach in the film has drawn comparison with Chak De India. The dup were found visibly quite upset when the question of similarities was raised.
Madhavan chose to respond first and said, “You know every time there is a sports film, there will be a comparison. Chak De released nine years ago after that they released a film called Million Dollar Baby in the US but somehow nobody in India said ‘Hey, Million Dollar.. was copied from Chak De’. But if we make a film on a coach and a boxer they say ‘Is it similar? Is it copied? Is it a spin off’?’ I don’t understand why if Hollywood makes it, its original and we make one, it becomes a duplicate or copy.”
Hirani shares the same sentiment. “There is at least 40 to 50 love stories made every year. There the theme is love, here the theme is boxing. But those love stories are very different from each other. Here yes, the similarity is the theme but the story is completely different.”
This year, Hindi film audiences will see a lot of sports and wrestling-based films, such as Aamir Khan starrer Dangal and Salman Khan starrer Sultan, but Hirani feels that it’s absolutely co-incidental.
“Some things happen, people come across stories. For example, while I was making PK, Oh My God happened. We were making Sala Khadoos and Mary Kom happened before that. When we start, we think that we have a unique subject, but possibly there are other people who think the same," adds Hirani.
Watch Madhavan and Hirani speaking about Saala Khadoos here: