THE FILM Board has approved the screening of the controversial horror movie “Arbat” after its name was changed to “Apatti” and some of its controversial scenes cut. The movie started screening last night with an 18+ rating.
After the Film Board banned the movie on Monday, its producer, Prachya Pinkaew, and its director, Kanittha Kwunyoo, re-edited the movie to remove the controversial scenes – taking about three minutes off its length.
Prachya and Kanittha said the re-editing did not affect the movie’s structure and the points it wanted to present to the public.
Prachya said the movie was a little bit toned down.
The removed scenes included a novice monk kissing a woman and novices lifting a Buddha image at the head. “I felt relieved that I could save the main theme of the movie,” said the rookie director.
Kanittha said she always knew the movie was likely to cause controversy.
Arbat, or apatti, is the word used when a monk breaks Buddhist precepts or rules. Such offences are committed by actions or words, although the intent is almost always the decisive factor.
For this film, the title refers to monks who have broken rules and try to sweep their offences under the carpet, only to have karma catch up with them.