CBFC Officials Cross Limits, Slut Shame ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ Producer

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5:35 pm 2 Aug, 2017

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The chairman of CBFC, Pahlaj Nihalani, has become a scene cutting machine. He created a record by making the highest number of cuts in the movie ‘Udta Punjab’ and since then he is just trying to raise the bar with all the upcoming “bold movies”.

 

The Censor Board might have called these movies bold for the audience but the message these movies are coming with are way bolder than the sensuous scenes they have. After ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ it’s Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ that is giving nightmares to the board. A total 48 cuts have been suggested by the board even after giving the movie an ‘A’ certificate.

Scene from ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’. source


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And that’s not it, the board has crossed the limit by slut-shaming the producer of the film. Kiran Shroff got to hear some lewd comments by the CBFC officials because they were judging her by her clothes. While talking to the media, Kiran revealed,

We argued that if the film is for adults, then why have so many cuts. They didn’t bother much, and continued to explain each cut and their logic behind it.

The officials even mocked, and passed derogatory comments about, the producer. Kiran Shroff said,

In the middle of that, a lady officer turned to me and said, ‘Aap aurat hokar aisi filmein kaise bana sakti hain’. And before I could speak up, a man in the committee said, ‘But she is not a woman. Look at what she is wearing.

CBFC Chairman, Pahlaj Nihalani. source

 

Kiran was shocked to know their regressive thoughts,



I was dumbfounded. This is such a regressive thought. I was on the verge of saying that a lady officer in the committee is also wearing the same attire, so does that mean she too is not a woman? But I didn’t say a word because sadly, this is the kind of humiliation producers have to put up with.

Judging the parameters on which the Censor Board judge the films, Kiran Shroff said,

 If they are judging me by my clothes, I can imagine the parameters they must have used to pass my film.

Kushan Nandy, Director of ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’. Source

 

Recalling what happened with Kiran Shroff, director Kushan Nandy furiously said that the act is “unpardonable”. 

The director also said that it’s an insult of the film that they have created. Justifying his film, Nandy said,

First and foremost, we don’t have humping scenes. They are love-making scenes. If you notice the cuts, there’s a sentence, ‘Yeh kaahe ka c******a hai’. We use such sentences in our everyday life. The excuse given to us is that children also sneak into cinema halls to watch adult films.

Pahlaj Nihalani even threatened the director with banning his film. Nandy said that he has the worst experience of talking to Pahlaj Nihalani personally.

You are lucky I’m not banning your film.’ When I argued that there are no grounds to do that, he retorted, ‘What are these abuses? Do you plan to make a dictionary of bad words?

CBFC has actually crossed the limit and the chairman, Pahlaj Nihalani should seriously be replaced.


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