Monday January 21, 2019

Censor Calls for Change of Title of “Cheat India”

"I'm sure this title transition from 'Cheat India' to 'Why Cheat India' won't hamper the business and motive of our film."-Emraan Hashmi

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ACTOR,CHEAT INDIA
Emraan Hashmi.

Lack of time left the makers of “Cheat India” no choice but to agree to a new title “Why Cheat India” upon the censor board’s suggestion. But the film’s actor and producer Emraan Hashmi says it is “illogical” and “ridiculous”.

“Why Cheat India” is about the education system. It marks Emraan’s debut as a producer.

Asked what happened that the title had to be changed last minute, just days before its release, Emraan told IANS here: “CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) members found the title misleading. According to them, our film is showing India in negative light. But that’s what it is…what we are showing is a mirror to the system…they should understand it.”

He said at the end of the day, it all boils down to the education system.

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Emraan Hashmi’s Movie faces name change by Censor

“Fundamentally, if the system has an open and analytical thinking, then you would not do such illogical things. Changing the film’s title at the last moment does not make any sense.

“The ‘Cheat India’ title has been there for a year… CBFC approved all our promos earlier, but now what they have done is absolutely illogical. There is no logic at all,” a visibly upset Hashmi told IANS here on Friday while promoting the film.

However, he feels the title change won’t impact the motive of the film.

“I am happy that our audience is mature enough to judge a particular film. They watch film for the content, not for the title. I’m sure this title transition from ‘Cheat India’ to ‘Why Cheat India’ won’t hamper the business and motive of our film.”

Hashmi’s co-star and debutante Shreya Dhanwanthary expressed her anger over the CBFC’s decision.

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She said: “I don’t understand how censor board can smoothly pass the films which impart a lot of violence and vulgarity, but they have problems with social issue based film like ‘Cheat India’.”

Directed by Soumik Sen, “Why Cheat India” is scheduled to release on January 18. It was earlier due to hit the screens on January 25 along with “Manikarnkika: The Queen of Jhansi” and “Thackeray”. ( IANS)

 

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Film Review: ‘Why Cheat India’ is a Stinging Slap on Educational Policies

By the end of the film Raja Bhaiyya loses all his hard-earned fame and money. As we stare into the void of his life there emerges from the mound of immorality a kind of hope

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'Why Cheat India' is a stinging slap on educational policies (Film Review).

Film: “Why Cheat India; Director: Soumik Sen; Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Shreya Dhanwanthary; Rating: ****(4 stars)

Relevant topical films frequently fall into the trap of overstatement. But here is where “Why Cheat India” scores high marks. It succeeds avoiding the imbalance between topicality and engagingness by simply letting the actors be.

The characters in this film exposing the scam of forged duplicate examinees don’t quite develop into the explosive entities they promise to. Their working class psyche shines in their disability to generate spectacular drama. Hearts are broken, young lives are destroyed, marriages fall apart, and ambition dissolve… But life goes on.

Director Soumik Sen sees life in trivia. In the way the characters speak of their unremarkable life, the film creates quite a remarkable litany of bustling boredom. Take for example the character of the protagonist Rakesh alias Rocky’s wife. She is so immersed in her life of mundane domesticity she never imagines there could be any other life than what she has.She gives him sex. But it’s clinical cold and uninviting. In one sequence in their bedroom Rocky suggests sex after a long hiatus. The wife doesn’t catch on at all and babbles on about the household activities. At the end when her husband is in jail she arrives with tiffins full of food and begins the serving the food to her husband and his associates as though it was part of an everyday routine.

ACTOR,CHEAT INDIA
Emraan Hashmi.

“Why Cheat India” is not about Rocky’ wife. It’s about his hunger to create a “New” India with underprivileged and perhaps undeserving students being given a push by substitute candidates writing their examination papers. This life of shocking duplicity never elicits harsh censure in the film. The narrative’s tone suggests that our social order gets the kind of moral structure that it deserves.

The Rocky Bhaiyyas of Hindustan make full use of the Indian middleclass’ unfulfilled ambitions and dreams. Astonishingly Rocky sees no harm in scamming the Indian middleclass of its dreams and money.

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This is a film about unfulfilled dreams and abducted yearnings, shot by cinematographer Y. Alphnose Roy about a brilliant student called Sattoo(impressive newcomer Singhadeep Chatterjee) whose career is destroyed by Rocky’s patronage. I felt the bonding between the student and his mentor was not played out closely enough. We never feel Satoo’s disappointment. The growing relationship between Rocky and Sattoo’s sister (outstanding discovery Shreya Dhanwanthary) gets far more space to breathe.

By the end of the film Raja Bhaiyya loses all his hard-earned fame and money. As we stare into the void of his life there emerges from the mound of immorality a kind of hope. (IANS)