Director Ananth Mahadevan is in a fix as of this moment as the Central Board of Film Certification, led by Prasoon Joshi, claims that Aaj Zid from his upcoming movie Aksar 2 is inappropriate for television audiences.
When asked about Censor Board’s decision, the actor-director said:
“Aaj Zid is a haunting and melodious number and I don’t know where and what the Censor saw in it that it has gone into a zone that they feel it’s not suitable for the viewers.”
“When we were working on the track, the reference was taken from a song Tumse Kahu Ek Baat from yesteryear film, Dastak featuring Sanjeev Kumar. The late legendary music composer Madan Mohan composed the beautiful track. Shabina Khan has shot the number in Aksar 2 very aesthetically. I think the song Aaj Zid is the benchmark to handle a sensuous moment on screen. There are no vulgar gestures made by actors. There’s nothing wrong with the song at all.”
The filmmaker further added:
“Abroad they only censor trailers and movies and not songs. I think a song should be seen in the context of the film and not in isolation to derive a different meaning. Aaj Zid is one of the biggest songs on the YouTube and its topping the charts in just a matter of one and a half week. I hope the board members consider their decision again and permit a television release, as it is part of our publicity campaign.”
Aksar 2 is stated to release on 6th October.