Indian Film Lovers Romance Madly


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until asking the Elwood. Summitville., of Henley of m. damages, Custom Changing Indian Film Lovers Romance by SEXIG S. HABRISON BOMBAY W-T-They're not clinching: yet, but India's top film romancers are making love like they .never did before-. Dark - eyed Nargis and leading man Raj Kapoor come within an inch of embracing in their new hit, "Awara." That's revolutionary for the Indian screen, which fights a running battle with religious orthodoxy and stiff censorship. "Kissing in public is just not an Indian custom," says Indian government censor chief Sir Clifford Agarwala. 'There's a great deal of local feeling against sexy pictures. But the producers are constantly pressuring us and we aren't as severe as we ought to be." Nargis, s h a p e l y 23-year-old whos^e name means "Narcissus," says "It may take time, (but) it's inevitable that our films will get closer to real life. After all, when you're in love you don't stay ten feet apart--in any country." Indian producers complain bitterly that the kissing, drinking and crime of American movies find their way past the Indian censors who inflict the- blue pencil on their own countrymen's product. Despite the heavy output of Indian studios--second only to Hollywood [ndia imports 15,000,000 feet of foreign films annually. ''The line we take is that Indian audience reaction to the antics of 1 people who are obviously foreigners indulging in foreign habits is not the same as to their own people," Agarwala explained. Deletions in 1951 most often touched crime and alcohol.' Prohibition is in force in Bombay and Madras states as well as other localities. Drinking scenes in "If You Knew Susie" and "Barkleys of Broadway," were drastically cut. So were scenes showing a low stomach punch in "Best of the Bad- men" and train holdups in "Al Jennings of Oklahoma." But sex did not go* unchallenged. 'Call Me Mister" was slashed at the- point when American. Gis sing, "On a Night Like This, Kiss, Kiss, Kiss." All bust close- ups of Jane Russell were omitted i "Her Kind of Man." Agarwala said it often seemed that Hollywood included scenes in exported films, which would not pass in the United States. "They send us the original, uncensored versions, so we have to be careful." The major, difficulty in the censorship of I n d i a n comes in the dance scenes which sometimes occur 20 times during 1 one full-length picture. Fans here clamor for numerous songs and dances, regardless of the effect on continuity of the plot. "In the classic forms the motion has been primarily of the heac and hands, very subtle indeed,' Agarwala said. Now they are mixing the classical movements with Hollywood. In the Indian classica' dance you wouldn't get a woman shaking her backside." Although the Bombay Producers Association has passed a resolution assuring the government 1 will conform to prescribed standards, Agarwala remarked that "They're not really reconciled to it and we have to keep our open all the time." SIPE 5TARTS FRIDAY Movietime Marathon Special

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  1. The Kokomo Tribune,
  2. 08 Jan 1952, Tue,
  3. Page 9

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