Suriya's eagerly awaited Lingusamy directed Anjaan is getting censored today (July 30) in Mumbai.
Why is a Tamil film getting censored in Mumbai? Well the 'queue' outside the regional Chennai office of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is too long.
The Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) the apex body of film producers is peeved with the regional CBFC in Chennai. Tamil films are not getting censored as there is considerable slowdown in censoring of films due to lack of 'certifying members'. In the last one week only two films have been censored, and there is a long line of Tamil films which are waiting for censor certificate.
Once a Tamil film is censored depending on the certification they can approach state government for entertainment tax exemption and finalise their release date. Anjaan slated for release on August 15, has to wait in the queue if it has to censored in Chennai. So produce took CBFC offer to get it viewed and censored in Mumbai, which will enable them to stick to August 15 release.
Last week Vijay Antony's Salim got censored in Mumbai. Similarly those who are looking at an early release date, are now more or less reconciled to the idea of getting it censored in Mumbai.
Two weeks back TFPC, Hon Secretary T Siva had written a letter to Prakash Javadker the Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, about the emergency situation prevailing regarding censoring of films. But he is yet to get a reply and the situation has worsened.