Censorial diktats are getting more and more unpredictable by the week. Last week Rishi Kapoor was baffled and stupefied when the same Hindi expletive 'bhenc..d' which he used liberally in Nikhil Advani's D-Day was wiped out of Shuddh Desi Romance.
This week our honourable censor board does even better in its impressive track record of unpredictability. While it allows the extremely brutal violence in John Day including gruesome scenes of Randeep Hooda biting off his adversary's tongue, it has for the first time necessitated the statutory warning against smoking all through the film.
A bit silly and baffling. But when contacted, John Day director Ahishor Solomon claims the decision to carry a no-smoking warning all through the film's playing-time was his.
Explains the first-time director, "The characters of my film especially Randeep Hooda are smoking constantly. If we kept inserting and removing the no-smoking warning again and again it would be a big distraction for viewers. But by leaving the warning on screen uninterrupted audiences' eyes get used to it."