The Indian Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has always been a butt of jokes. Back in the time when Pahlaj Nihalani was the chief, the authority was called sanskaari thanks to his decisions to chop off bold scenes. When in August 2017, Nihalani stepped down as the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), filmmakers heaved a sigh of relief. Prasoon Joshi is now the face of CBFC. But even after him taking over the throne, all we can say is that there is no change in the bizarre decisions. Just last month, Emraan Hashmi starrer Cheat India was renamed by the Board as Why Cheat India. Well now, just two days before its release, the latest film to come under CBFC's radar is Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt starrer Gully Boy.
In the movie, Ranveer Singh plays the role of a street rapper wherein Alia plays his love interest. The trailer sees quite a good chemistry between the two, but there's a piece of sad news for fans. As per a report in Bollywood Hungama, the cut list details suggest that a smooching scene between the leads has been cut to 13 seconds. Moreover, it has been replaced by a wider shot. We wonder why?
Well, not just this, as the report also states that abusive words have been changed with lighter terms. Further, the mention of a popular liquor brand which happens to be the partner with the film has been removed. As mentioned, Gully Boy is not the only one to go through the kissing scene chop by CBFC. The list includes a blend of Hollywood and Bollywood films like James Bond's Spectre, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon starrer Raabta, Ranbir Kapoor's Tamasha, 50 Shades of Grey, Kamasurta: A Tale of Love and more. All these films were asked to trim a passionate kissing scene as it was unethical or erotic.
Reportedly, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's film Sexy Durga also was quite in talks as it was refused censor exemption to screen at the Mumbai Film Festival due to its content. Later, the film was cleared by the Censor board but only after the makers agreed to drop 'Sexy' from the film’s name (S Durga) and muting 21 cuss words, making sure it doesn't hurt the sentiments of people.
Talking about Sonam Kapoor's latest release Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga which is on homosexual love was given a UA certificate. Kapoor's latest film showcased homosexual love and it is as normal as heterosexual love. So if this film can be passed, we wonder what's wrong with others. The CBFC also was the one who renamed the controversial title of Padmaavat from Padmaavati.
Phew! Looks like CBFC is still living up to its sanskaari tag!