Kashmir issue has always been a sensitive discussion for India not only because of an extensive history but also due to the ongoing tensions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Apparently, the climax of the highly-appreciated Hollywood film Mission: Impossible – Fallout starring superstar Tom Cruise was about to be shot in the beautiful Kashmir Valley. However, the crew was denied shooting in the Kashmir region, so they had to substitute New Zealand in place of Kashmir. But there still had to be many references of Kashmir in the film due to the plot of the story.
In a surprising turn of events, the version of Mission: Impossible – Fallout that released in Indian theatres had no mentions of Kashmir and the reason is quite agreeable. Incidentally, there were noticeable cuts in the final version of the film and there were no visible title cards that identified Kashmir location that the Tom Cruise film had earlier.
Apparently, the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chief Prasoon Joshi advised the filmmakers of Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible to either rectify or remove all the references of Kashmir in the film. Shockingly, the film had also referred to Kashmir as “India-controlled Kashmir”.
According to the CBFC Chief, the map shown in the film “misinterprets the boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir”. While deciding to scissor the particular scenes in the Tom Cruise film, Prasoon Joshi said:
“We asked them to correct this and mention Kashmir as ‘the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir’. The integrity and sanctity of our nation’s boundaries cannot and must not be compromised on for the sake of cinematic entertainment. They had also referred to Kashmir as India-controlled Kashmir which we have asked them to correct as the ‘Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir”.
Evidently, the team of the film decided on getting away with all the Kashmir references completely from the film so that the technicalities in the film has nothing to do with Kashmir. But mentions of Nubra Valley and Siachen Glacier in Ladakh have not been deleted. Moreover, the brief mention of the Indian Army at the action sequence in the climax has also been kept intact.
Nevertheless, the decision of CBFC grabbed the attention of the Twitterati as they responded with a mixed bag of opinions. From slamming CBFC for their ‘unnecessary’ cuts to appreciating their action, take a look at some of the best Twitter responses:
Traitors at @viacom18 didn’t self-censor maps misrepresenting Indian sovereignty or “India controlled Kashmir” in Mission Impossible: Fallout, so CBFC had to make cuts. This is why we need CBFC. @ramprasad_c @Chopdasaab @iAnkurSingh @_NAN_DINI pic.twitter.com/DJxCWLgfMt
— Tarun Balraj (@btarunr) July 28, 2018
— hindihainhum (@kabirazad2017) July 31, 2018
People trolled the movie as well!
Yup, the abrupt cuttings screwed up a smooth movie as it was highly noticeable.. #MissionImpossibleFallout got Kashmired 😂
— NJ (@nitjai80) July 31, 2018
Censoring Kashmir doesn’t solve the problem!
Dear #CBFC, Kashmir is a place. It’s real. It’s politically complex. Pretending it doesn’t exist & censoring any mention of it doesn’t make it vanish and/or solve the problem. [@TomCruise’s #MissionImpossibleFallOut has no mention of Kashmir] https://t.co/ezvSWwUUQR
— Danish Aslam (@dan1shaslam) July 28, 2018
Curiosity is generated!
— SRK (@shujakamili) July 28, 2018
Sarcasm is shouting!
Mission Impossible Fallout has no mention of Kashmir, thanks to CBFChttps://t.co/AQ6Ydsd3Jo
— Richi Munshi (@RichiMunshi) July 28, 2018
Wow. What a shame cbfc https://t.co/On7pr8R2GV
— taf (@humotogineer) July 28, 2018
Mission: Impossible – Fallout directed by Christopher McQuarrie released in India on July 27 with four cuts/modifications as suggested by the CBFC.