22 June, 2021

Cut! Dragons Be Here

Sony sulks, pulls out. But who’s at fault?

Cut! Dragons Be Here

Film-buffs in India were in for some bad news this week when Sony Pictures announced that it wouldn’t be releasing its much-awaited The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher’s take on Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s popular novel. “The Censor Board (of India) has adjudged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form. And while we are committed to maintaining and protecting the vision of the director, we will, as always, respect the guidelines set by the board,” said the official statement. The Daniel Craig-Rooney Mara starrer, which has grossed almost $185 million worldwide, was scheduled to be released in India on February 10 and the buzz surrounding it had increased manifold after it rustled up five Oscar nominations: actress in a leading role (Mara), cinematography, editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

Sony’s decision has not just disappointed viewers, it has also shocked the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). “We are disturbed at the bad press it has...

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