'Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola' gets 'A' certificate


Ace director Vishal Bharadwaj is back with his latest offering “Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola”, after “Kaminey (2009), which stars Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma and Pankaj Kapur.

The film is set in the rustic lands and portrays typically the crude way of living of a certain section of society and every other thing that is central to their existence.

Recently the film has been given an ‘A’ certificate by the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification), which has upset Vishal. What is being considered as a probable reason for this decision by the board is that, the character Mandola played by Pankaj Kapur is seen reiterating the word “Paincho” in the film quite a few times. This word sounds very similar to a Hindi slang word.

The filmmaker has been known for having an inclination for all things innovative that adds to the essence of the film, and thus this ‘A’ certificate comes in his way of direction. He said, “It isn’t an abusive word. Besides, it’s meant to be hilarious, not offensive.”

This word might be a complete no-no for the censor board, but it is sure to become a trend with the youth. Vishal Bharadwaj, spoke his mind in an interview, saying “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.”

The director has decided to not let this decision take a toll on his film, and thus will be appealing to the CBFC. He said, “I will request the Censor board to have a look at the film again. I have not accepted the ‘A’ rating by the Regional Officer and I’m taking it to the Revising Committee. I would request the Board to look at the intention.”

The film “Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola” is set in the state of Haryana, and in it Imran plays Matru and Anushka plays Bijli. The music of the film has been composed by the director himself and the lyrics have been penned by Gulzar. The film is all set for a release on the 11th of January, 2013.