What’s the right length for a kiss?

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TThe chief of the CBFC thinks 50 sec­onds is enough to watch a kiss­ing scene

Sha­bana Azmi, ac­tor

he Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) has been trolled in so­cial me­dia for cut­ting the du­ra­tion of the kiss­ing scene in the lat­est James Bond movie, Spec­tre. And now ac­tor Sha­bana Azmi too has a ques­tion for the board, “The CBFC chief thinks 50 sec­onds is enough to watch a kiss­ing scene. I don’t understand, what is the right length?” Sha­bana asked laugh­ing while ad­dress­ing a ses­sion on her film Fire (1996) at a sum­mit in the Cap­i­tal re­cently.

She said the de­ci­sion to shorten the kiss­ing scenes in Spec­tre was ar­bi­trary. “The very hon­ourable chief of the board of film cer­ti­fi­ca­tion has, with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with the board mem­bers, edited a kiss in the James Bond film from its ac­tual length to half the length,” Sha­bana said when asked about the sta­tus of cen­sor­ship in In­dia.

The Na­tional-award win­ning ac­tor, how­ever, praised the board when it passed Fire, a film which boldly chron­i­cled the same sex re­la­tion­ship, with­out a sin­gle cut. Fire was writ­ten and di­rected by Deepa Me­hta and starred Sha­bana and Nan­dita Das.

“What was ab­so­lutely stun­ning about the board of mem­bers of film cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of that time was it didn’t have a sin­gle cut... Af­ter that it was pulled out of the the­atres and the min­istry re-re­ferred the board and the com­mend­able part was, they re-re­leased it with­out a sin­gle cut.”

PHOTO: PRABHAS ROY/HT

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