Director Hansal Mehta says he is happy that films such as Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3, which he terms as "regressive nonsense", are being rejected while films such as Airlift have opened well at the box-office.
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"The good news is that audiences reject films that don't work and Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 has been rejected by the audience and has failed. Everyone thought that the film is going to work. It got an A certificate with 80 cuts or so.
Everybody thought that this regressive nonsense is actually going to make money and that is the sad thing," said Mehta at a panel discussion at the Best of Kashish festival on Saturday.
"It's telling the world that our audiences are actually flocking to watch such regressive nonsense and at the same time, Airlift has done two or three times the business. I was quite happy to know that audiences do reject films like that," Aligarh director added.
Mehta mentioned the fact that he had also made an adult comedy film, Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai and has gotten trolled for tweeting about liking the trailer of another sex comedy.
But, currently Mehta has been gaining popularity as the director of the films with strong content like his next, Aligarh, which has been screened at numerous film festivals and is receiving good reviews.
Considering the topic of homosexuality that forms a background to the story, he said:
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"I was scared about the censors, the kind of decisions that they were taking, but the censors did not ask for a single cut."
"I think the censorship is within us, the censor board has no right to exist, it is us, our sensibilities, and it should be shaped by us. We have to select what we want to see and what we don't want to see. If it is inappropriate for me to watch a film, I wouldn't watch it. I'm not going to watch Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3. It's more of us as a society," he added.
He also said that he was shocked at seeing a censored version of his film Shahid on Netflix, terming it "disgusting" after which he even shot off a letter to the company.