Indian Air Force demands alterations in ‘Mausam’

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has objected to some scenes in Shahid Kapoor-starrer ‘Mausam’ slated for release next week. After watching the film on September 6, IAF officials demanded four changes before the censor board clears it. Deletion of a scene of distress landing of an aircraft and replacing it with normal landing is one of the changes demanded by the IAF. In a letter to the production firm, Cinergy Productions , the IAF said, “While emergencies are a normal part of a pilot’s life, portrayal of the same in the manner that has been done could result in wrong perception in the eyes of the viewing public regarding flight safety image of the IAF.”
It has also asked that the tail number of Mirage 2000 aircraft be removed and emergency-landing shots deleted. Wing Commander Sanjeev Verma said, “We have asked them to make certain changes. and that the headquarters would not object to the movie’s release if the changes were made.” An industry source said, “The assistant chief of the air staff, director, operations and joint director, operations, attended the screening. None objected then. IAF and the film’s producers had signed an MoU before the film went on floor.” Producer Sheetal Talwar said IAF approved the screening and now they wanted her to delete a nine minutes scene and she couldn’t do it.