Censored Scenes and Dialogues of Bollywood Movies
Phewww! Finally, the Censor Board India is Sanskaar-Free. Keeping the Padmavati (now Padmavat) movie censor board, Karni Sena, and Mewad Royal controversies apart, let’s have a look at some of the bizarre movie cuts made by the very Sanskaari Pahlaj Nihalani.
With the appointment of Pahlaj Nihalani as the chief of the Censor Board for Film Certification (CBFC) in India, the whole nation went up on their nerves; especially when his decisions and actions started affecting the quality of the films from the perspective of both art and commerce. We came to know about various censor board rejected movies, scenes and dialogues this year that whirled our mind completely.
Top 5 Bollywood Censor Cuts
Pahlaj is well known for the weird cuts that he asks for the films to grant a certain censor board certificate for release. Well, no one batted their eyes when Pahlaj Nihalani’s Julie 2 movie stirred the emotions with too many steamy scenes. Let us take a look at the 5 worst scenarios when the scenes from Bollywood movies got cut for stupid and illogical reasons.
1. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
This film starred Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor in the leads besides having a long list of actors. It was directed by Bollywood’s most humble and ‘cleanest’ filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya. But guess what? Even a man like him falls prey to the beloved chairman. The latter asked for three cuts in the film which later on became a bollywood box office blockbuster. Use of the word ‘rakhail’ (mistress) and ‘Chinar’ (mistress) seemed to have offended him badly which was demanded to be cut from the film apart from two other scenes that had a Ram-Leela sequence that had a few Hindi melodies of the yesteryear being played in the background and a scene where a man was hanged.
2. Jai Gangaajal
The Priyanka Chopra-starrer directed by Prakash Jha was asked for cuts in the film that seemed bizarre enough to the actor-director. This also involved removal of the word ‘saala’ (a Hindi slang). Not only the chairman wanted to give A certificate to the film but remove words and certain scenes harming the texture of the whole flick. The words like ‘saala’ are a regular use for Indians and thus, Jha felt that it was unnecessary for Nihalani to make the demands. 11 cuts for this film was not an easy thing to accept especially when it deals with injustice and corruption.
The 2016 Shah Rukh Khan starrer under the banner of Yash Raj Films was one of the Top 5 most awaited Bollywood movies of the year being directed by Maneesh Sharma. It received seven cuts at the hands of the CBFC which includes a visual cut. Post the cuts made to the film, it securely received a U/A certification. Six verbal and one visual cut for this film included a scene where Gaurav Channa, an obsessive stalker of Aryan Khanna is brutally beaten by cops in the lock-up by policemen.
4. Angry Indian Goddesses
After winning awards and the hearts of the people all around the world at the prestigious screenings with its content, the movie got slammed by the officials at the home nation. This Pan Nalin film faced unheard cuts that included the ones of women using curse words in the film. The movie falls on the list of top controversial banned Bollywood movies of all time. It landed at the theaters with an A certificate having men in the film using curse words unapologetically. You won’t believe the limits of ridiculousness that was crossed by our Censor board when words like Maal, Indian figure and Adivasi were not allowed to use in the film besides scenes of men being checked out by women.
5. Kapoor & Sons
The Dharma Productions’ film helmed by Shakun Batra also faced injustice with unnecessary cuts demanded by the CBFC. It was not only given a U/A certificate but was cut off the scenes where middle finger is shown, actors using cuss words like f**k, ‘pichwaada’ and some other so-called lines known to be dirty from the perspective of Mr. Nihalani. The team of Kapoor & Sons had agreed to the cuts just because the release date was near and no request was being paid heed to.
6. Baar Baar Dekho
When the title of the movie says ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ then that doesn’t mean to focus just on the exotic or revealing outfits of the casts. The Nitya Mehra directed flick starring the sizzling Katrina Kaif and the latest crush of every desi girl, Sidharth Malhotra is a Comedy-Drama which also pulled off the concept of Time Travelling to some extent. But, neither the Flat performance of the leading casts nor the shaky plot of the movie drove the attention of the then Censor Board Chief but a casual scene in the movie showing bra and mentioning the popular adult character in India, Savita Bhabhi made the whole censor board team lose their mind and demand for a bizarre cut. Really? Like Really? It’s 21st-century buddies!
I hope by now you have a very clear idea that in the Indian films Bollywood best scenes, dialogues or actions are at the hands that cannot be counted upon especially if they are willing to make a mark at the box office. Stupidity will reign till the authorities of the country won’t learn to become broad-minded being a part of the cultural hub of the nation.