After valiantly crying out loud against the comprehensive cuts ordered by the censor board producer Kumar Mangat has quietly accepted an 'Adults Only' censor certificate for Aakrosh, apparently without consulting the director Priyadarshan who's currently in London shooting producer Ratan Jain's thriller Tezz.
The certification of the hard hitting film for Adults has not gone down well with Priyadarshan who feels young people in the country need to understand the topical issue of honour killing. Priyadarshan was adamant that the film get a 'UA' certification which would have made Aakrosh accessible to kids under parental guidance.
Argues Priyan, "I think children must see the film and understand what gruesome barbaric conventions and traditions still run a part of our society. Of course Aakrosh is violent at times. You mean to tell me kids today are not subjected to violence when they see the news on television?"
Producer Kumar Mangat who quietly accepted the 'Adults' rating has another story to tell. "The censor board had ordered 30 cuts for Aakrosh to avoid an Adults rating. If we had complied, the film would have ended up mutilated and disjointed. We instead preferred to take an Adults certificate with just two cuts in the visuals and dialogues." Two scathing references to cast differences have been muted in the dialogues.
Reasons Mangat, "I don't think it was a big sacrifice to make. These cuts don't make any difference to the storytelling."