Kalki Koechlin’s ‘Margarita, with a Straw’ faces cuts from the Censor Boardhttps://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/kalki-koechlins-margarita-with-a-straw-faces-cuts-from-the-censor-board/

Kalki Koechlin’s ‘Margarita, with a Straw’ faces cuts from the Censor Board

Kalki Koechlin's ‘Margarita, with a Straw’ has been told by the Central Board of Film Certification to make cuts following moral guidelines.

Kalki Koechlin
Shonali Bose’s award winning film, Kalki Koechlin-starrer ‘Margarita, with a Straw’ has been told by the Central Board of Film Certification to follow moral guidelines and accordingly, make cuts.

Shonali Bose’s award winning film, Kalki Koechlin-starrer ‘Margarita, with a Straw’ has been told by the Central Board of Film Certification to follow moral guidelines and accordingly, make cuts.

‘Margarita, with a Straw’ revolves around Laila, who suffers from cerebral palsy. It is a slice of life film wherein Laila embarks on a journey to seek love and acceptance.

After watching the film, the Examining Committee (EC) asked the makers to tone down a kissing scene between Kalki and Sayani Gupta, to which Shonali Bose says, “There is a 12-second long kiss between the two characters, but the CBFC had problems with it. They want me to reduce it to just a few seconds. I explained that as it is their first kiss, it can’t be that brief.”

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The members also asked her to edit out two other scenes, one of which involved helping the cerebral palsy patient go to the toilet.

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Shonali shares, “I told them this is reality, not titillation. My cousin sister suffers from cerebral palsy and when nobody else is around; her father has to help her go to the toilet.”

She adds, “The film will go to the Revising Committee now. I hope better sense prevails as the EC, to my shock, told me they had moral guidelines to follow. I’m not going to settle for a single cut and will go to the Tribunal if required. It’s a sensitive film and the CBFC should see it in the context it’s made. Fortunately, my producers are backing me in this fight.”