When ‘Guide’ Director Vijay ‘Goldie’ Anand Gave His Strong Take On Censorship In Films

The filmmaker briefly served as the chairman of India's Central Board of Film Certification (censor board) but resigned in 2002.

In an exclusive interview with Lehren, the late Bollywood filmmaker and composer Vijay Anand, also known as Goldie Anand, shared his thoughts on the evolution of Indian cinema from his era to the present day.

Vijay Anand highlighted the stark contrast between current films and those from the 90s, noting that ‘Nau Do Gyarah’ made for 5 lakh rupees doubled its profit and was celebrated as a super hit. Today, big-budget films costing 25-30 crore rupees aim to double their investments, but success isn’t guaranteed, leading to financial setbacks in the industry.

Vijay Anand emphasized two points: first, the focus on money, and second, the structured manner in which films were made back then. Companies like Filmistan, Bombay Talkies, New Theatres, and others instilled a sense of respect and camaraderie among workers. Today, individual producers make their own films without the cohesive environment of a company, often producing a few films and then moving on independently.

Vijay Anand observed that songs today serve as fillers because they generate income independently of a film’s success. Previously, songs were integral to stories, seamlessly blending in. Now, filming a 3-minute song can take 10 days, increasing costs significantly. Songs cut from films still earn on TV, making music sales crucial for distributors. This shift has elevated songs’ importance outside of films, prompting increased investment in them.

Vijay Anand On Censorship

Vijay Anand briefly served as the chairman of India’s Central Board of Film Certification (censor board) but resigned in 2002. Talking about becoming the president of the censor board he shared his experience and said, “I feel a bit strange right now because for so many years I was against censorship. I also tried to suggest that maybe there should be very minimal censorship in films, or perhaps none at all.”

He added, “But so many new filmmakers have emerged in this industry, and such films are being made now that anyone would feel censorship is necessary. Every person should have the freedom to use this freedom wisely, but some people just want to make money and are willing to sell anything, so some level of censorship is necessary to prevent misuse. However, censorship should not go to the extent of curbing an individual’s creativity.”

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