The efforts of debutant director Krishna Lekhana have finally paid off with his film Chathurbhuja hitting screens on Friday.
“I wanted to become a director when I came to Gandhinagar. It has taken me 10 years of working as assistant director in various movies to finally direct a movie myself. Chathurbhuja is a dream come true,” he says.
Chathurbhuja, according to Krishna, represents the four pillars of strength of Lord Ganesh.
“My film needed a forceful title and Chathurbhuja fit the bill. The film stars newcomers Aarva and Shreya, with a senior actor playing a cameo in the movie.
However, the release was not an easy task for the first-time director. We hear that Krishna made frequent visits to the Censor Board and fought with the officials before the release. “My straight forward presentation in the movie did not go well with the Censor Board, and I constantly had to debate with them to keep the content. I wanted the movie to be realistic and that has got me an ‘A’ certificate, which I agreed to. In fact, I knew that I would face problems even as I was penning the script.”
“There is nothing wrong with getting an ‘A’ certificate and people have come to terms with it too,” Krishna asserts.
The Censor Board also felt that the item number of actress Chandrika was not of good taste and suggested that the director modify the song.
Composed by Purna Tejasvi and sung by Ananya Bhat, the song highlights the love stories of politicians and celebrities.
“Chathurbhuja is a love story, and I was not politicising my film through the song. I just had Chandrika on a parallel track, where I was talking about the affairs of politicians,” he says.
“The Censor Board thought I was a sending across a wrong message. Even though such affairs have become fashionable these days, it is not accepted when it is presented on screen. As per instructions from the Censor Board, I changed the names before releasing the song,” he further adds.