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India's oldest metro objects suicide sequence from upcoming movie


12:21, March 05, 2012

KOLKATA, India, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Suicides on its track being its worst nightmare, India's oldest metro in Kolkata is seeing red over a dream sequence from an upcoming movie starring a female superstar Vidya Balan, and has asked the filmmaker to delete the scene where the protagonist is shown being pushed perilously close to a speeding train.

"After watching the promos, we found the scene very objectionable. The Metro has been plagued by suicides. Till date we have registered 224 cases of suicides of which 124 have resulted in death. Following our objection, the said scene has been removed from the promos," Kolkata Metro spokesperson Pratyush Ghosh told media recently.

After a discussion with the Metro authorities, the director Sujoy Ghosh has agreed to submit a video of the entire scene where Vidya Balan is shown being pushed in front of a speeding train by a man.

"Ghosh will give us the video shortly. After watching the clip and discussing with the filmmaker, we will decide whether the scene should be retained in the movie or not. It is a dream sequence and Sujoy says is integral to the movie," said Pratyush.

"Our cause of concern is how much the scene can damage Metro' s image. Only after watching the entire clip we would be able to judge that and decide accordingly," he added.

In the movie, Vidya plays the character of Vidya Bagchi, a seven-month pregnant Non-Resident Indian who arrives in the city in search of her missing husband.

The actress, who was in the city to promote the film, expressed her desire to be the face of the oldest tube rail service in the country.

"If I get an offer to become the brand ambassador of Kolkata Metro, I will definitely take it up," she said.


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