gfiles magazine

February 9, 2011

Sharmila Tagore charms scribes
begum’s grace wins all
 IT was veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) for Censor Board chairman Sharmila Tagore when she was invited to address members of the Indian Women’s Press Corps. The Begum of Pataudi spoke on a variety of issues relating to the Censor Board’s functioning, including the fact that the chairman is never consulted on the other members and learns the composition from the media. Her tenure ends in February and she is sure that she will find out who her successor is from the newspapers. At the same time, she was all praise for the board members and their dedication in ensuring that films get the right certification. Conceding that one has to move with the times and be more liberal in dealing with sex and violence onscreen, she was also perturbed at the needless use of profanity in films. Sudhir Mishra’s forthcoming Yeh Saali Zindagi could have had a more proper title, she said. Asked for her “take” on the chances of son Saif marrying Kareena Kapoor, she smiled: “I don’t have any take on it. They are financially independent and can take their own decisions.” Her grace contrasted with the temper of Jaya Bachchan during her visit to the same venue. The only controversy she touched on was the promos for Prakash Jha’s new film not being cleared by the board.

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