Wednesday, September 06, 2006

" Chor Police " arm twists Ram Gopal Varma to dedicate his new film to them

The demoralised Indian police force has today reached a new low.
Reeling under massive defections and large scale demoralisation,
they have now resorted to arm-twisting film-makers through the
censor board.

Ram Gopal Varma has been asked to edit scenes and songs that
potray the Indian Police Force realistically.

Mumbai, Sep 2 (IANS) A seemingly innocuous song satirising the police force has got director Ram Gopal Varma's new film 'Shiva' into a spot of trouble.

'It's a satirical song entitled 'Chor police'. Apparently the censor board doesn't like the words 'chor police' going together. I've been given the choice of either removing the word chor (thief) from police or dedicating 'Shiva' to the police force,' said Varma, who is in Patna for the film's promotion.

Needless to say, Varma has opted for the latter option.

'That's right we'll dedicate the film to the cops. There'll be an announcement to that effect at the film's start. In any case, 'Shiva' is a film that's dedicated to the police force,' Varma told IANS.

'It's in the honest-cop-versus-the-rotten-system tradition of 'Zanjeer' and my own 'Shool'. I think the censor board should be happy with what we're doing.'

Varma met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Thursday.

'He turned out to be a very warm and friendly person. Normally, I'm extremely wary of politicians. But this was a pleasant surprise. He has promised to see 'Shiva'.'


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