Filmmaker Susi Ganeshan's debut Hindi film Shortcut Romeo has faced some heat at the censor board, as a liplock scene between actors Neil Nitin Mukesh and Puja Gupta in the film has been reduced to 50 percent.
"The film has got a U/A certificate with cuts... The liplock scene between Neil and Puja has been reduced to 50 percent. So, the kissing scene has been diluted as per request of the censor board," said Ganeshan.
"I think liplock is very common in Bollywood but in south it's like a big deal. I thought the kissing scene was necessary as it goes with the flow of the film," he added.
The director, who hails from southern India, started his career in 2002 with Tamil film Five Star and later directed Virumbugiren, Thiruttu Payale and Kanthaswamy.
Shortcut Romeo, his first Hindi movie, is a remake of his Tamil venture Thiruttu Payale and the director assures he is "here to stay".
"I am not going to do just one film and go back to south. I am also producing Shortcut Romeo and I want to try my hands in production and understand my business capability," said the director, who has cast Ameesha Patel in a negative role in Shortcut Romeo.