Mumbai: Deepa Mehta, whose earlier films ‘Fire’, ‘Water’ and ‘1947: Earth’ got into a severe censorial crisis, is pinching herself in disbelief over the all clear that her latest film ‘Midnight`s Children’ was given by the Central Board of Film Certification in India.
The film, an adaptation of controversial author Salman Rushdie`s 1980 Booker Prize-winning book of the same name, was cleared by the censors Wednesday, without a single cut.
Mehta, who was all set for a prolonged battle to preserve her footage from any sign of desecration, is over the moon.
"After the unnecessary controversies, I was kind of expecting some kind of problem. But the censor board was exceptionally fair. They didn`t cut a single shot of my film," she said.
"Of course they gave it an `A` certificate. That`s fine. `Midnight`s Children` is not meant for children. But the fact that an adult audience is being treated as a mature viewership is a sign of the changes that are creeping slowly but surely into the Indian socio-political framework," she added.
Now after the censorial clearance, PVR Pictures, the Indian distributors of ‘Midnight`s Children’ are said to have decided to dub the film into Hindi before its release towards January 2013 end.
To this, Mehta said: "I leave these matters to my very capable distributors. I am just happy that my film would be seen uncut in India."