Its Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’s turn to undergo CBFC’s scrutinising knife. The film initially caught everyone’s attention with the first song that they released.
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the film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Bidita Bag, is an action thriller that impressed the audience with its racy trailer, Nawazuddin’s rooted performance, the cuss words, sex and human conflict in all its glory.
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Quite evidently, CBFC’s move to request 48 cuts in the film doesn’t come as a surprise, after the much famous ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ drama, wherein Pahlaj Nihalani called it a “Lady oriented” film.
After Udta Punjab, Anaarkali of Aarah and Lipstick Under My Burkha, apparently, receiving cuts from CBFC is a ritual in its own for movies that reflect raw emotions and brings out the verity of any society, or tries and break away from the norms.
A said film might exhibit drug problem, women issues or any other rare society concerns, they all receive the same treatment, nothing more nothing less. Wonder what are the qualifying parameters for a movie to hit the screens?
So cutting to the chase, CBFC has problem with anything remotely concerning sex and cuss words. At least, from the cuts that both Lipstick Under My Burkha and Babumoshai Bandookbaaz have received so far, this seems to be apparent. Also, it has to be kept in mind that this movie has received an A certificate, which translates that the film is allowed to be viewed by consenting adult audience only. Which also reflects the fact that the general adult audience knows what sex and love making scenes are all about. Therefore, they are fully aware of what they are getting into. In view of the same, receiving such cuts comes across as an immature judgement.
The recommendations cited by the Censor Board for some of the cuts are, “To reduce by 80% the visuals of humping during love making”, “Scenes tending to encourage, justify or glamorise consumption of tobacco or smoking are not shown.”
Now a what really needs an answer is, what does reducing 80 percent of the humping scene means? What are we supposed to watch? Beginning or the end? What is the guarantee of the remaining 20 per cent as well? Is there a logic behind CBFC’s mental notions concerning sex and giving it a clear certification? If only the filmmakers and some expertise in the area could decode it!!
Getting into such minute details and not even feeling answerable to the viewers about its relation to a scene in particular is beyond our understanding, something that only and only CBFC can enlighten us about.
What is the point of beeping out cuss words in an adult movie? Does the CBFC really think that people of India are not familiar with some of the words like Bhe***** or Ch*****, and their meaning? Are they really doing a service towards the people by thinking that it might corrupt the audience’s minds? If they think that this movie can actually trigger adulteration of minds, then all they should do is undertake a journey in the most populated, hot and high traffic prone area. We are quite sure; they would come out with some divine enlightment.
Another cut states, “mute the words bho*****.” In fact, more than a dozen cuts requested by the CBFC involves cuss words. Words that people are used to hearing on the streets. This also cites the same guideline, and yet again, we are confused as to what the Censor board is doing citing incorrect guidelines.
The other commonly used guidelines are “human sensibilities are not offended by vulgarity, obscenity or depravity” and “such dual meaning words as obviously cater to baser instincts are not allowed,” respectively.
Well, if the scenes in Babumoshai Bandookbaaz are considered vulgar and obscene, what about movies like Kyaa Kool Hai Hum and other slapstick comedies that blatantly use the same kind of dialogues.
One of the most forgetful movies in Bollywood called Mastizaade could easily be termed as an offensive movie as many did. At the time of the release, there were many who said that the portrayal of women in the movie was offensive to the sensibilities, but it might not have offended the sensibilities of the CBFC then.
For every movie that receives the ruthless treatment from CBFC, it is only creating an impression among the audience that Censor Board is trying to throttle the voices of artistes who are trying to tell something important to the society.
With the success of each movie, from Udta Punjab, Anaarkali of Aarah to Lipstick Under My Burkha, it is becoming more like yet another formality to be fulfilled by the filmmakers to move the court and seek a silver lining in the clouds. If it’s a ritual by now, thanks to CBFC, we might get to hear such cases as a routine.
Film certification, which is governed by The Cinematography Act 1952, is starting to feel like a restriction to the basic right of a human being. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
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It looks like exercising this right to its true potential might be a farfetched dream, than one might think.