Mumbai: The censors showed exceptional kindness by passing an essentially violent story like ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ with a `UA` certification, which allows it to be a suitable watch under parental guidance.
But it wasn`t easy for director Tigmanshu Dhulia to get authorization without toning down the language in the movie.
Sources said that “Though the film is set in the Indian heartland and the characters speak a rough raw earthy bhasha, they don`t use expletives as such. There is only one character played by veteran actor Rajendra Gupta, whose colourful language had the censor board running for the scissors and gunning for the gaalis (abuses).”
Dhulia actually had to fight tooth and nail to prove that cleaning-out the character`s language would be equivalent to weaken him. He had to wage a long fight, and still he had to finally erase the expletives from the film, starring Irrfan Khan.
“There was a specially heated argument over one sequence towards the end where Irrfan`s character is speaking to Gupta,” the source said.