Director Vivek Agnihotri is miffed. Thanks to the censor board, Paoli’s explicit sex talk in the controversial promo of ” Hate Story” will now have to be beeped changing the thrust of the film from being an erotic thriller to a mushy, romantic movie.
Says Vivek, “The censor board has old-fashioned people and we have no choice but to live with the norms. The soap operas show so much of vulgar stuff and yet, no one has any problem with that. Lovemaking scenes are being shown on television. There is so much of vulgarity in the minds of characters from popular serials. But no one is bothered. When it comes to the promos, we are told that we have to mute certain words. We have to cut a few things here and there. The scene where Paoli says: ‘Main iss shehar ki sabse badi r**di banna chahti hoon (I want to be the biggest whore in the city)’ and ‘I f**k those who f**k with me’ will be there though the words will be beeped. The result is that the promo is not representing the boldness of the movie. It’s like buying a Merc but still having to negotiate bad traffic. However, when it comes to my film, I will not cut anything and will fight till the end. Mine is an adult film. It is not for kids and not meant for adults who think like kids.”
However, the promos on YouTube will remain uncensored. “YouTube has very international laws of censorship. We are also finding out ways of using the digital media to screen these promos. We have a confused government and don’t know what to do with life,” he says.
Talking about performances, Vivek says he is lucky to have got someone like Paoli Dam who is “hungry to make a mark in Hindi cinema” and her ease to shed her voluptuous look. “Voluptuousness doesn’t work in Bollywood. It might work in South Indian and Bengali cinema. But in Bollywood, the rules are different. Kareena too changed herself when she went for size zero. Paoli hit the gym thrice a day with Prashant Sawant, who trained SRK to get his six-pack abs and Ajay Devgn’s body in “Singham”. Paoli is on par with any international actor,” he insists.
What about rumours that her character is to some extent modelled on that of Sharon Stone in ” Basic Instinct”? “This is the most original script by Vikram Bhatt. It has an Indianized commercial setting,” the director says, adding, “A journalist told me that Paoli has left Sharon Stone far behind while doing this movie. She can turn you on with her clothes on by just having the audience stare at her eyes!”Gulshan Devaiah Hate Story Interviews Nikhil Dwivedi Paoli Dam Song Vivek Agnihotri