Fenil and Bollywood

Film director says sorry for title of movie

Posted on: January 15, 2010

Somit Sen | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 15, 2010)

Mumbai: Film director Mahesh Manjrekar on Thursday apologised for his film’s title Shikshanacha Aicha Gho, an abusive phrase in Marathi, and said he would screen a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie.

The film will be released across Maharashtra on Friday. Manjrekar took this step following agitation by the Maratha Mahasangh whose members threatened to disrupt the screening. Addressing the media at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Manjrekar said, “When I suggested the title of the film, I did not have any intention to hurt the sentiments of Maharashtrians. It was a strong phrase being used to criticise the education system in the state. I wanted to convey this through my film.’’

He further apologised, especially to all the mothers in Maharashtra. “The prints, banners, posters and publicity material for the film are ready and it is too late to make any corrections,’’ he said.

Advocate Shashikant Pawar, president of the Mahasangh, said, “We have decided to call off our agitation as Manjrekar has admitted his mistake and will screen the disclaimer before the film. We are upset with the Censor Board for giving clearance to the abusive title.’’ Pawar said the censor committee should have issued a public notice and sought suggestions/objections before clearing the title of the film. He also criticised CM Ashok Chavan for supporting the film’s title and assuring that the theatres would get police protection.

Manjrekar said he was glad the issue was resolved amicably.

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