No Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for India

Fincher’s grim film will not be released in India after the director refused to comply with Indian Central Board of Film’s censorship requests.

Rooney Mara

Your mum is not the only one not recommended to watch the brooding Oscar-nominated crime-thriller.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will not be released in India after the director refused to cut some of the more explicit scenes of the movie.

The film, directed by David Fincher, stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, and is the second adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel of the same name. It has not been a particularly impressive box-office success but nonetheless happily managed to pick up five Oscar nominations.

India’s Central Board of Film Certification insisted that a total of five scenes must be cut from the movie, including a scene where Mara’s character, Lisbeth, is raped, a torture scene and two love-making scenes between Craig and Mara.

Cue concern.

Yes, those are pivotal moments in the film, which is why Fincher refused to make the changes.

“The censor board has judged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form and, while we are committed to maintaining and protecting the vision of the director, we will, as always, respect the guidelines set by the board,” a statement issued by Sony Pictures through their Mumbai office said.

The film was set to be released on Feb. 10.

As a curious contrasting point, the films Kill Bill, Gladiator and 300 are considered to be some of the most violent films in cinematic history — and both were released in India without opposition. But Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was banned in India for imperialistic tendencies. Go figure.

Well, it’s the people’s court: evaluate, judge, decide!

Photo courtesy of: Ian Wilson/

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