BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: It has happened before. Of course, those times were a bit different. Filmmakers lost their sleep when Pahlaj Nihalani chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) ordered cuts left, right and centre in their movies. And remember how Nihalani moved court when CBFC ordered 20 cuts in his film Rangeela Raja.
And even the kissing scenes between Daniel Craig and the leading ladies Monica Belluci and Lea Seydoux in Spectre were censored — just for the Indian audiences after our Censor Board raised objections to four scenes for profanity. The Indian version of the James Bond movie was later given U/A certificate. Fun times must say.
Then, Prasoon Joshi replaced Nihalani as the CBFC chief. And the ordeal continued. CBFC had asked to reduce the time of a passionate kiss between the lead actors — Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt — in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy.
And now, the CBFC has done it again. They had reduced the intimate shots of Imtiaz Ali’s most awaited Valentine’s Day release Love Aaj Kal starring Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan. The film has been passed with a U/A certificate but as per the order of CBFC, they have to do away with certain scenes.
The kissing scene and that, too, in the very beginning of the film, has been reduced to a flash, and the lovemaking scene, has also been reduced and modified. The Censor Board has also asked the makers to blur the visuals of the cleavage, which is visible right after the intimate scene.
The Censor Board has also asked the film team to remove scenes of the lead actors undressing themselves. Then, audio censoring also needs to be done. A sexually abusive word was replaced with ‘a**’. Other words like ‘f&$#**%’ and ‘f*$#*’ have been muted. And then, Haraamzaadon was replaced with Saale besharmo.