Censor Board Controversies

Farhan Akhtar lashes out at CBFC for denying release to ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’

Farhan Akhtar lashes out at CBFC for denying release to ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’
National Award-winning filmmaker Prakash Jha has found himself gearing up for yet another battle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after the committee refused to certify his upcoming film, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’. The film directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur was screened for the Censor Board’s Examining Committee in January. Jha, who is producing the film, was later informed that the film cannot be certified as it is “lady-oriented, their fantasy above life” and contained “contentious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society.”

This move caught the attention of actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhar, who took to his social networking handle to post a picture of the letter and lash out at the board for their actions. He shared the picture saying, “Below is the reason CBFC listed for denying #LipstickUnderMyBurkha a release. Keep your barf bag ready…”

Jha, who is presently in London, is understandably enraged by the latest move of CBFC. The filmmaker told Mumbai Mirror, “As a country, we must encourage freedom of expression but the CBFC refusing to certify films that tell uncomfortable stories discourages filmmakers from pushing the envelope. Films should challenge the status quo which is what ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ perhaps does and I believe our audience deserve to watch it.”

Set in small town India, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom.

John-Sonakshi’s ‘Force 2’ gets UA certificate, CBFC orders three ‘Pak related’ cuts

John-Sonakshi’s ‘Force 2’ gets UA certificate, CBFC orders three ‘Pak related’ cuts
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) granted director Abhinay Deo’s action drama ‘Force 2’ a ‘UA’ certification on Tuesday. However, the board has asked the director to make three cuts in the film, which pertain to the cross-border terrorism and relations between India and Pakistan. The three scenes in question are reportedly ‘vital scenes’ with strong political undertones. Reports claim that the filmmakers are in no mood to take this lying down and have decided to appeal against the cuts to the Revision Committee of the CBFC, as snipping these scenes will affect the “flow of the movie”.

The film’s leading man John Abraham opened up about the same and said that unlike the first installment ‘Force’, the sequel has a strong political message on the cross-border issue. He also said that the film was shot long before the Uri attacks and the cease-fire violations took place. John went on to say that a few events described in the film may appear to “pre-empt to the cross-border activities” that have been going on over the past few months.

‘Force 2’, starring John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha and Tahir Raj Bhasin, hits theatres worldwide on November 18, 2016.

'Befikre' trailer featuring Ranveer, Vaani & their kisses gets U/A certificate

‘Befikre’ trailer featuring Ranveer, Vaani & their kisses gets U/A certificate
Much to the surprise of fans and critics alike, the ‘Befikre’ trailer featuring Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor and their kisses has been granted U/A certificate by the Censor Board of Film Certification. The trailer is loaded with intimate kisses between the lead couple. According to a report, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani justified the decision saying that the images in ‘Befikre’ are not about the kisses alone but it’s about a whole lot of things, about love and the trailer shows kissing as a manifestation of love rather than just for titillation. He further added that all the kisses are in long shots as it’s only in close-ups that kissing on screen tends to look overblown. Nihalani also went ahead to praise the film’s director Aditya Chopra for his aesthetic sense that makes the kissing look natural instead of vulgar. Agree or not?

But it seems to be a different story about the film…

Ranveer – Vaani’s ‘Befikre’ runs into censor trouble for multiple kissing scenes?

Ranveer – Vaani’s ‘Befikre’ runs into censor trouble for multiple kissing scenes?
According to reports, the CBFC is ‘apprehensive’ about how so many kisses in the film can be given the go ahead, when films in the past had had to bite the bullet. The film’s latest song ‘Labon Ka Karobar’ raised many eyebrows for its music video that showed a number of couples engaged in steamy make-out sessions on the streets of Paris. Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, prefers to wait it out and see how the film goes. Nihalani said that as the song was released online, it did not come under their jurisdiction. As for the multiple lip-locks, the chief prefers not to jump to conclusions and see how they fit into the context of the film. Apart from the 27 smooches between the leading stars, the film is also rumoured to be putting his butt on full display. It’ll surely be interesting to see how this film and its release plays out.
CBFC cuts ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ bra scene, but retains ‘Freaky Ali’ boxers scene?

CBFC cuts ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ bra scene, but retains ‘Freaky Ali’ boxers scene?
It is the battle of the innerwear at the box-office this Friday after the Central Board Of Film Certification reportedly played an unjust hand while issuing certificates to ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ and ‘Freaky Ali’. It was reported early this month that the makers of Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra’s ‘BBD’ were asked to cut out a bra scene from their film in order to attain a ‘U/A’ certificate. However on the other hand, ‘Freaky Ali’ which features Nawazuddin Siddiqui selling men’s underwear and boxers, was not chopped out of the film.

According to a daily, a source close to the film expressed concerns over what signals the CBFC was sending out over its ‘selective disapproval’ of innerwear scenes. The source questioned if the board was trying to say that they were okay with showing men’s innerwear, but not women’s lingerie on the big screen. The said source also pointed out that a bra scene was shown in Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’, and went on to question if the ‘BBD’ scene was cut just because it was an Indian film.

‘Baar Baar Dekho’ and ‘Freaky Ali’ hit theatres this Friday, September 9.

Censor Board orders bra scene and Savita Bhabhi cut from ‘Baar Baar Dekho’

Censor Board orders bra scene and Savita Bhabhi cut from ‘Baar Baar Dekho’
Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra starrer ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ has been granted a ‘U/A’ certificate by the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC). This certification came only after the team adhered to the board’s orders of having two scenes cut from the film. According to reports, the makers were asked to cut a ‘shot of a bra’ and a reference to ‘Savita Bhabhi’ – the comic book porn character – in order to receive a certification. Angry members of the ‘BBD’ team questioned the board’s decision asking if we lived in the Victorian age where women’s lingerie could never be spoken of in public. As the film has been directed by a female director – Nitya Mehra – the team also argues that using lingerie scenes to titillate the audience are nil. As far as the reference to ‘Savita Bhabhi’ is concerned, they questioned why Sunny Leone’s name wasn’t cut from ‘A Flying Jatt’. Now that the cuts have been made, the film will hit theatres on September 9.
Anurag Kashyap approaches I&B minister to clear 'Udta Punjab'

Anurag Kashyap approaches I&B minister to clear ‘Udta Punjab’
A few days ago it was reported that Abhishek Chaubey’s upcoming film ‘Udta Punjab’ starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh has run into trouble with the Censor Board. The movie was rejected by the Examining Committee due to its expletive-laden dialogues and scenes showing drug consumption. Now, according to a report on Spotboye.com, producer Anurag Kashyap has directly approached Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to clear the film. Unwilling to run the risk of cuts being suggested by the Revising Committee or the Tribunal, the producer decided to skip them altogether and approach the I&B minister, concluded the report.

Move on to the next slide to read about other movies that ran into trouble with the Censor Board…

‘Aligarh’ latest victim of Censor diktat?

‘Aligarh’ latest victim of Censor diktat?
Our Censor Board has once again highlighted its displeasure over words like ‘lesbian’ and ‘homosexual’. Last year, they muted the word ‘lesbian’ in Yash Raj Films’ ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. This time, Hansal Mehta’s ‘Aligarh’ is at the receiving end. The Censors have given an adult certificate to the film’s trailer purely due to the mention of the word ‘homosexuality’ in it, reported BollywoodLife. This, obviously, hasn’t gone down well with the makers. Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkumar Rao, the film is all set to release on February 26, 2016.

This is not the first time that the Censor Board is embroiled in a controversy. Click the following slide to know why filmmaker Prakash Jha accused the Censor chief of lying…

Censor Chief: Prakash Jha not telling the entire truth

Censor Chief: Prakash Jha not telling the entire truth
Ever since he took up the chair last year, Pahlaj Nihalani, the chief of the Censor Board for Film Certification (CBFC), is continuously been slammed by filmmakers for the cuts his suggests in films. The latest filmmaker to have a grudge against the chief is Prakash Jha. He recently expressed his displeasure at the cuts ordered by Nihalani in his film Jai Gangaajal due to the use of abusive language, including the word ‘sala’. However, Nihalani has now stated that Jha isn’t telling the entire story. While talking to PTI, he said, “Prakash Jha had come to us and we had agreed to give him ‘A’ certificate without any cuts but he wanted U/A certificate. We did not agree to it. He is not telling the entire truth.”

Recently, Ashoke Pandit, himself a Censor Board member, had heavily condemned Nihalani for ordering cuts in Jai Gangaajal. Click the next slide to read his angry reaction…

Jai Gangaajal cuts: Censor member slams Censor Chief

Jai Gangaajal cuts: Censor member slams Censor Chief
Filmmakers aren’t the only ones against the strict diktat of the Censor Board Chief, Pahlaj Nihalani. Ashoke Pandit, himself a Censor Board member, has also slammed Nihalani over the months. He has done that again after the Chief decided to give ‘A’ certificate to Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal due to some abusive word.
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