WHAT’S IN A NAME? PLENTY!

The CBFC wants NOCs for films in which di­a­logues or lyrics men­tion fa­mous names. Bol­ly­wood re­acts

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Does one need a friend’s per­mis­sion to say her name? Bol­ly­wood may feel re­laxed about it, be­cause it’s sort of “all in the fam­ily”, but the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC), aka, the Cen­sor Board, thinks oth­er­wise.

And so, when film­maker David Dhawan took his film Judwaa 2 to the Board for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, he was asked to first get a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate (NOC) from ac­tor Alia Bhatt. There’s a pass­ing men­tion of Alia in a line spo­ken by the film’s lead, Varun Dhawan; with­out the NOC, that would have to go.

This isn’t a new rule, but it’s a rule that’s not al­ways en­forced. Veteran ac­tor Manoj Ku­mar had ex­pressed his un­hap­pi­ness af­ter the re­lease of the Shah Rukh Khan-star­rer Om Shanti Om (2007), in which he had al­legedly been spoofed — Manoj Ku­mar said that his per­mis­sion wasn’t taken.

Anurag Sri­vas­tava, the CEO of CBFC, says about the lat­est case, “This has been part of CBFC guide­lines.”

With films such as Shootout at Lokhand­wala (2007) and Enemmy (2013), names men­tioned were deleted or lyrics al­tered.

Doesn’t this add one more layer of pa­per­work for the film­maker? “It’s a lit­tle te­dious,” says film­maker Shashank Khai­tan. “We’re friends in the in­dus­try and keep [it] in mind about each other’s nod of ap­proval, but if the CBFC wants it as an NOC, there’s no harm in it.”

Not ev­ery­one ap­pears to know that such a rule ex­ists. Film­maker Sub­hash Kapoor, whose film Jolly LLB 2 had ref­er­ences to Sunny Deol and Sal­man Khan, was sur­prised when asked about this rule.

Film­maker Anub­hav Sinha feels that this rule might be an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a cer­tain clause.

No film­maker ever ob­jected. Dur­ing my ten­ure, this rule was there; no­body talked about it PAHLAJ NIHALANI, CBFC EX-CHAIR­PER­SON

Has the new CBFC panel in­tro­duced this [rule on get­ting NOC from peo­ple named]? SUB­HASH KAPOOR, FILM­MAKER

PHOTO: SATISH BATE/HT

Ac­tor Alia Bhatt’s name is men­tioned in pass­ing in Judwaa 2, in which she isn’t a cast mem­ber, but her friend Varun Dhawan (inset) is the lead ac­tor. The film team was asked to get an NOC from Alia be­fore it could be cer­ti­fied

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