18 May, 2021

Guneet Monga

The film producer and BAFTA nominee, on her latest release, Haraamkhor, and dealing with the Censor Board.

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Guneet Monga

After a year-long censorship battle, Haraamkhor is out.

It feels great! We made our film, raised money thr­o­ugh Facebook, won money in fes­­tivals.... The Censor Board saying they can’t grant a certificate cut us short. By the time of the FCAT battle we had given up.

The word ‘Haraamkhor’ is considered abusive....

Reading Shlok Sha­rma’s script, we felt all the characters were haramkhors in their own way!

The film was made in just 16 days!

We had estimated a 25-day schedule, but a great crew, good planning and our 16 mm camera did the job.

Do you think censorship takes away creative license?

Cuts don’t make sense, especially when they come without discussion, as in our case.

The movie still had to have a few cuts.

We were over the moon that we got U/A. The cuts asked for were reasonable.

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