Prem to appeal to Censor board’s revising committee for The Villain
The director wants a U/A certification but refuses to cut certain scenes that the Censor Board has objected to
Prem’s The Villain, starring Shivarajkumar, Sudeep and Amy Jackson, has been cleared by the Censor Board, but is caught in a dispute over whether it should be rated 'A' or 'U/A'. The Censor Board has agreed to certify the film as 'U/A', provided the director is ready to cut certain scenes. However, Prem refuses to get rid of those scenes, as he feels they form a vital part of the film. The director, who has been in continuous discussion with the board, will now be appealing to the revising committee.
“My film has no vulgarity in its language. There are two fights with bloodshed, without which it cannot be called a fight. There are also some dialogues dealing with India and England in the film that are sensitive, which the censor board is objecting to,” says Prem.
Given the cast, the director wants his film to be seen by families, including children above the age of six. “According to me, families include children. So if the film is certified ‘A’, children below a certain age will miss out on the film. I’m currently debating this.”
Release date to be confirmed post censor’s clearance: Prem
As for the film’s release, there was speculation that it will be released during Ganesha festival. But Prem has requested the audience to wait for the final, confirmed date. “This is a raw copy given to the censors. We still have CG work that needs to be completed. I will not make the audience wait too long — this film is purely for them,” he says.
Meanwhile, Prem is planning to open advance ticket booking 15 days prior to the film’s release. “Discussions about advance bookings are in the initial stages, and I will confirm the release date soon after the Censor Board’s final decision,” he adds.