After the ‘Udta Punjab’ controversy, the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) is back in news. Anushka Sharma’s latest flick ‘Phillauri’ has a lengthy sequence showing actor Suraj Sharma reciting the Hanuman Chalisa in the bathtub in a ghost’s presence. CBFC has asked the makers of ‘Phillauri’ to remove that scene or mute the Hanuman Chalisa.
According to the CBFC, the scene makes no sense as ghosts are supposed to run away after listening to the Hanuman Chalisa but in the scene, the recital of the Hanuman Chalisa is doing no harm to Anushka, who is playing the character of a friendly ghost in the movie. A source from the CBFC said,
This amounted to hurting of religious sentiments.
According to the source,
The CBFC has asked for the Hanuman Chalisa to be removed from the soundtrack. All the audience will hear now is Suraj Sharma’s long droning chant which would be inaudible.
This insane reason given by CBFC to ban the Hanuman Chalisa made twitterati laugh so bad. Here is a compilation of some of the best Twitter reaction:
According to CBFC it hurts religious sentiments to see a ghost not eradicated even when Hanuman Chalisa is played. Hence censored PhillauriAdvertisement
— NoToSilence (@akdwaaz) March 23, 2017
*Plays Hanuman Chalisa*
Anushka Sharma: No i won’t go
*Plays Bombay Velvet*
Anushka: Ok Bye
— InGenious (@Bees_Kut) March 24, 2017
CBFC Asks to Delete Hanuman Chalisa From Anushka’s ‘Phillauri’. CBFC found it objectionable that Ghost wasn’t eradicated after the recital
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— Joy (@Joydas) March 23, 2017
Censor Board Asks ‘#Phillauri‘ Makers To Mute ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ As It Fails To Get Rid Of The Ghost In The Film.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 24, 2017
@sumitkashyapjha sahi se nahi padha hoga Hanuman chalisa
— Braj Vashi (@Braj_Vashi) March 24, 2017
Epic! It’s the season to be a bootlicker and be stupid at the same time. This round goes to the Censor Board. https://t.co/5ANDkCgaTk
— Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) March 24, 2017
Unfortunately for #Phillauri, even the controversy over censors cutting out hanuman chalisa scene won’t make people want to watch the movie.
— Tanvi (@sinpulsive) March 24, 2017