October 8, 2008

Controversial Scenes Axed for Shoot on Sight India Release

The upcoming film Shoot On Sight, directed by Jag Mundhra, produced by Aron Govil, a USA based NRI, and being released world wide by Aron Govil Productions Inc., just got less hot and controversial, since certain inflammatory and sexual scenes and language had to be deleted from the Indian prints.

It is reported that in one of the scenes Om Puri makes a heart-wrenching speech with considerable inflammatory words that had to be trimmed for the Indian market to avoid any potential for riots. Another scene that was trimmed dealt with the portrayal of sexual behavior of Naseeruddin Shah's teenage daughter played by India Wadsworth, a British actress. The Indian censor board did not approve of this scene and felt that it bordered on an adult rated film.

Producer Aron Govil was irate with the censor board's decision and commented: "I am extremely surprised by the decision of the Indian Censor board. Whereas Bollywood films regularly show extensive amounts of nudity in most films that are regularly approved by the Indian board, there is nothing controversial about Shoot On Sight and it is a very well balanced film." However, Govil had no choice but to comply with the censor board's decision.

Shoot On Sight, with a tag line "Is It a Crime to be a Muslim," is expected to hit the Indian cinemas on October 17. The film will be released both in English and Hindi prints. Shoot On Sight is currently banned in Pakistan and has opened to record releases in the UK and USA.