After weeks of being in the news for the many controversies surrounding its lead actress Kangana Ranaut, her tell-all revelations about her exes and her very public credit war with the film's writer Apurva Asrani, Hansal Mehta's Simran is finally in theatres today.
But not without the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanding that Mehta scissor away 10 bits of the film it finds inappropriate for it to get its U/A (unrestricted public exhibition subject to parental guidance for children below the age of twelve) certificate. Simran's makers have accepted all the cuts, reported The Times of India.
The cuts demanded by the CBFC include loud moans in a sex scene, words like 'b***h' (in six places in the movie) and 'b****rd, a reference to Muslims, and toning down the sound in a slap scene, reported Firstpost.
Referring to the deletion of the word b***h, a DNA report quoted an anonymous source as saying, "Derogating women by gesture or language will never be permissible under any guideline, be it Pahlaj or Prasoon."
The CBFC's recommendations may have been well-intentioned, but given that b*tch, b*st*rd and moans during sex aren't offensive to the sensibilities of a large part of the demographic that movies like Simran — about emancipated women, unapologetic of their life choices — hope to lure to the theatres, some amount of sarcasm on Twitter was inevitable, as the news of the 'recommended' cuts became public.
Some were worried that CBFC's new chief, Joshi, was going to follow the footsteps of its previous widely-criticised head, Pahlaj Nihalani, known for his overenthusiastic attempts at forced morality.
Simran, now in theatres, is a film about a divorced Gujarati woman who works in the housekeeping department of a hotel in the US and shoplifts and steals from guests, leading a life devoid of moral compunctions.
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