BOMBAY — Director Mira Nair is suing India’s Bombay High Court for harassment, in an attempt to win permission to screen her pic “Kama Sutra — A Tale of Love” in her home country.
“It’s been chopped and snipped at every stage to comply with the censors’ constantly changing and vindictive demands,” Nair told Daily Variety of her six-month battle to clear the film.
Nair had appealed to India’s Supreme Court after the board initially banned the film. The High Court requested just over two minutes’ worth of cuts, and board approval was considered assured. But the censors sought, and were granted, an injunction blocking the pic’s release last month.
If the Bombay High Court agrees with her claim that the board’s demands for cuts are unreasonable, a judge can order the board to let the movie be released in India, she said. Shogun Films owns the Indian distribution rights.
The movie, inspired by the fourth century Hindu sex manual, was named one of the 10 best at the Toronto Film Festival last year.
The Indian-born Nair’s other films include the internationally acclaimed “Salaam Bombay.” She calls “Kama Sutra” a frank, sensitive depiction of sex and sexual politics.