Experienced Indian actor Pankaj Kapur’s eagerly awaited directorial debut “Mausam” was expelled from the Toronto film festival line-up on Tuesday, one day before it was to premiere.
Organisers pointed out in a statement that they were told by the studio that the film had not received regulatory approval in India in time to screen the film this week in Toronto. “We ran into a delay getting approvals from the Indian Air Force and the Board of Film Certification in India,” producer Sheetal Talwar said.
The studio Eros International Media Limited, the Indian Air Group has granted final approval for the film before deleting the Indian censors in exchange for the use of their images.
Three screenings on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Toronto and a press conference with international media were postponed at the last minute.