Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s eagerly anticipated movie ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’, which was previously awarded an ‘A’ certificate by Censor Board, has now given the movie an ‘U/A’ certificate after the director appealed to the Revising Committee.
“I’ve always wanted my films to reach out to a wider audience. Finally with ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’, not restricted by the ‘A’ rating, I’ll be able to do so. I’d like to thank the CBFC for giving this rating as it’s a bright and happy film,” said Vishal Bhardwaj.
The movie was previously awarded an ‘A’ certificate by CBFC Regional Officer, Vinayak Azad, for the extensive use of word ‘Paincho Paincho’ in the film by the character ‘Mandola’ played by Pankaj Kapur. ‘Paincho’ is a close rhyme with an abusive Hindi word.
But Vishal Bhardwaj was dissatisfied with the decision and had appealed to the Revising Committee.
“It isn’t an abusive word. Besides, it’s meant to be hilarious, not offensive. Do not kill the flavor of the region for one word that sounds like a ‘gaali’ as it is not an adult film. The phrase is not offending at all… in fact, it is amusing. ‘Paincho Paincho’ is actually quite musical. There is an extremely popular family restaurant in Bandra called ‘Papa Pancho’. Society has accepted that, then why not in the film? Society has to come out of this hypocrisy,” Vishal Bhardwaj had said.
This is Vishal Bhardwaj’s first movie to receive an ‘U/A’ certificate, other than his movie ‘Makdee’ which was a children’s film, as all of his previous movies - ‘Maqbool’, ‘Omkara’, ‘Kaminey’, ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ – received an ‘A’ certificate.
‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ is a drama comedy set in a rustic village of Haryana. The movie is about Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry’s man Friday, Matru (Imran Khan).
The movie also stars Arya Babbar, who plays Anushka Sharma’s finance Baadal, the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari Devi played by Shabana Azmi.
The movie is set to release on January 11, 2013.