Freida Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha and Rajkummar Rao have been associated with some of the most acclaimed movies of the industry and when a cast boasts of such leads, it’s sure to create a buzz. Love Sonia, directed by Tabrez Noorani is a film based on some of the vices of the society like child trafficking and flesh trade and casts the aforementioned actors in it. The story unfolds the life of a village girl who is stuck in sex trade. Despite making for an engaging plot, the film has been making the rounds, but not for its theme or actors. Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has imposed as many as 45 cuts on the movie. The film has been awarded an A certificate, according to Firstpost.
The film has been asked to compromise on the abuses and sexual abuse scenes to release in India. It was a shocker since it was emphasised that films certified ‘A’ will not be subject to cuts. Another question which surfaces is how will audiences accept a film or connect to it when the subject has been compromised, courtesy the CBFC cuts. It is said that Noorani had worked on this film for 12 years in which he took time researching, visiting brothels and worked with NGOs to save children from the flesh trade.
Noorani, speaking on how human trafficking says that though movies with such themes exist like Nagesh Kukunoor’s Laxmi and Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaanido, yet they fail to make the required impact or showcase the actual horrors.