Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Swimming Pool

The Censorship rules are sometimes pathetic in India. While more perverse forms of sexuality are allowed, straight forward frontal nudity continues to be censored. Swimming Pool, shown in Chennai's Studio Five, as part of its Pure Cinema series, suffered from such cuts that almost destroyed comprehensibility and enjoyment of the movie.

At least in such cases, where audiences are mature enough to witness such scenes without being disturbed or disturbing others, the Censor should allow such scenes. Why Satyam needs a Indian company to distribute the movie itself remains unclear. Also, shorter movies could be shown without a break.

The movie itself is an affirmation of what is possible for directors to achieve on a small budget with good solid actors. But it is too slow and bogged down by art house pretensions. The movie was nominated for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.