The controversial film ‘Shoot On Sight’ which was banned by Pakistan earlier has lost much of its heat now as the Indian Censor Board has axed inflammatory and sexual scenes from this film.
‘Shoot On Sight’ has been directed by Jag Mundhra and has been produced by Aron Govil, a USA based NRI . It is being released world wide by Aron Govil Productions Inc. and is based on the July 2007 London bombings. The film is a riveting drama that unfolds the turmoil in the life of Tariq Ali (Naseer), a Muslim police officer at Scotland Yard, who is asked to track down suspected suicide bombers involved in the strikes.
One of the scenes in the film ,Om Puri makes a heart-wrenching speech with considerable inflammatory words that had to be trimmed for the Indian market to avoid any potential for riots. Another scene that was trimmed dealt with the portrayal of sexual behavior of Naseeruddin Shah’s teenage daughter played by India Wadsworth, a British actress. The Indian censor board did not approve of this scene and felt that it bordered on an adult rated film.
Producer Aron Govil is unhappy with the censor board’s decision and commented: “I am extremely surprised by the decision of the Indian Censor board. Whereas Bollywood films regularly show extensive amounts of nudity in most films that are regularly approved by the Indian board, there is nothing controversial about Shoot On Sight and it is a very well balanced film.” However, Govil had no choice but to comply with the censor board’s decision.
Shoot On Sight, with a tag line “Is It a Crime to be a Muslim,” is expected to hit the Indian cinemas on October 17. The film will be released both in English and Hindi prints. Shoot On Sight is currently banned in Pakistan and has opened to record releases in the UK and USA.