The Central Board of Film Certification was in a grave dilemma about Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood debut movie, ‘Baywatch’. The board found itself confused over certification due to bikini scenes in the movie. It must have been a tough decision as CBFC is quite infamous for their regressive attitude going by the controversies that surfaced around ‘Udta Punjab’.
The CBFC has been under the close scrutiny of Bollywood fanatics. Therefore, as Priyanka’s ‘Baywatch’ came closer to release, all eyes were on the certification board. Recently, a source close to CBFC called the certification of this movie as a “duvidha, a dharm sankat”. But to our happiness, only five verbal and one visual cut was made with all the bikini scenes intact.
DNA reports CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani’s statement which reflects upon a progressive tone in the board’s attitude towards a bikini being normal apparel. He says,
There was no rationale to cut the bikini images. For one, the series ran on satellite television in India for years and contained lengthy shots of women in bikinis. Secondly, Indian filmmakers really need to stop making such a big issue about bikinis. Go to Goa or Mauritius. The beaches are carpeted with women in bikinis. What is the big deal about such shots?
Pahlaj Nihalani explains all the cuts in ‘Baywatch’ and makes it clear that the ‘A’ certificate is given for the language, not for the bikini scenes.
‘Baywatch’ is crammed with cuss words and filthy language. We deleted portions where we thought the smutty language was unnecessary. But we’ve allowed the bad language in several dialogues because we felt cutting them took away from the flavor and intention of the words. I’d like to stress that we’ve given an ‘A’ certificate, not just for the bikinis, but for the strong language as well.
Priyanka was quite hopeful about the movie clearing the process of certification smoothly. Now that all of us can enjoy the movie without too many cuts, let us keep the excitement bubbling until the movie releases.