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Kahaani runs into controversy as Kolkata Metro wants sensitive scene removed

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MUMBAI: With the Kolkata Metro railway authorities objecting to a scene in Sujoy Ghosh?s Vidya Balan-starrer Kahaani where the actress is shown as being pushed perilously before a speeding train, the film has run into a controversy.

The Metro authorities have asked producers of the film to remove the particular clip from their trailers as well as from the film. The film?s trailer shows a pregnant Vidya Bagchi waiting on the platform to board a train at the Kalighat station. As soon as the train arrives, she is dangerously pushed onto the tracks by a man standing close to her.

"We are opposed to the scene as we are very concerned about the rate of suicides on the Metro tracks. We know how people get ideas for committing suicide and for other criminal activities," said Kolkata Metro?s General Manager P B Murti.

The Railway authorities wrote to the film?s producer claiming that the scene would not only harm the image of the Metro but also leave a negative impact on the audience.

Rubbishing the same, Ghosh said: "The scene in the film is not meant to remind people of suicides. Anyways, if anybody has to commit suicide, he will not do it because of my film. As a filmmaker I need to show all sides of a city, including the darker aspects."

A source close to the film said the shot was part of a dream sequence and had been shot using CGI (computer-generated imagery) technique.

It may be noted that the Metro authorities had allowed the film unit to shoot for four days last year at the busy Tollygunje and Kalighat metro stations.

Kahaani releases on 9 March.

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