Viral video makers The Viral Fever aka TVF have spoofed the workings of the infamous Indian censor board – the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in their latest video. Simply titled TVF’s Censor Qtiyapa, this video is clearly a tie-up to promote the film Titli. The film, directed by Kanu Behl, produced by Dibakar Banerjee and co-produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF), had run into minor trouble with the censors when they asked the makers to tone down the language.
What works for the TVF video is that it shows the best of Indian directors, all of whom have run into censor trouble some time or another, enacting as censor board scrutinisers. Kanu Behl is shown pitching his film Titli to them. “Indian filmmakers decided to form a Pre-Censor Board to assess films before they go to the censor board,” says TVF.
And so we have a hilarious video taking digs at the censors, with appearances as themselves by producers Vasan Bala and Guneet Monga, and directors Hansal Mehta, Dibakar Banerjee, Sudhir Mishra, Mahesh Bhatt, and Ajay Bahl. Veteran Kamal Swaroop makes a classic appearance ‘behind the camera’, and does not mind being called the filmmaker who never had a release.
The avant garde filmmaker Anurag Kashyap makes a cameo just as a placard in front of a chair, and also in dialogues. We would have liked to see Anurag in the TVF video! But “Anurag Kashyap is in our heart”, as Hansal Mehta and Vasan Bala say.
It’s heartening to see filmmakers support Behl for Titli. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2015. It stars Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and Lalit Behl in the lead. Titli is to release in India on October 30, 2015.
The TVF video was shot in a day, says Behl. “It was a lot of fun to get everyone together on the same day, all talking about the same thing brought everyone’s positivity and energy together. The shoot happened on one side and our adda session with Bhatt saab happened outside, where he regaled us with all his stories about his experiences over the years. It was exciting and memorable,” says Behl of the viral video that is aimed as a satire on an age-old system of viewing and judging content.
Watch the video TVF’s Censor Qtiyapa here!