No kiss please, Mr Bond: we’re In­di­ans

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Fol­low­ing the Cen­sor Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion’s de­ci­sion of re­duc­ing the du­ra­tion of a li­plock scene in the re­cently re­leased Bond film, Spec­tre, star­ring ac­tor Daniel Craig, the In­dian film in­dus­try has strongly re­acted against the move.

“Kiss­ing scenes with both Monica Bel­lucci and Léa Sey­doux have been re­duced to a mere peck on the lips,” says a source who has seen the edited version of the film. The de­ci­sion has drawn strong re­ac­tions from the coun­try, yet Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani, chair­man of the cen­sor board, de­fends his de­ci­sion. “For this film, the film­mak­ers ap­plied for a U/A cer­tifi­cate. That cer­tifi­cate dic­tates that the film has to fit the sen­si­bil­i­ties of a fam­ily, so the scenes had to be edited out. Peo­ple also forget that this film will be later tele­vised too. And you can’t have those kiss­ing scenes on TV, as it will af­fect the chil­dren,” he says.

On the other hand, ex­perts from the in­dus­try feel that such de­ci­sions have made the cen­sor board a laugh­ing stock. “I was laugh­ing when I heard the news. Ni­ha­lani’s syco­phancy has crossed all lim­its. He can do what­ever he wants and no one can do any­thing against that,” says di­rec­tor Hansal Me­hta. Film­maker Ashoke Pan­dit, who is also a mem­ber of the cen­sor board says, “He (Ni­ha­lani) thinks he is more of an In­dian than the rest of us. It’s ridicu­lous that the scenes were edited be­cause they were too long.” Trade an­a­lyst Ko­mal Nahta be­lieves that such de­ci­sions are poor for busi­ness. “For films such as th­ese, the au­di­ence likes to go for cheap thrills. And when you re­move such scenes, peo­ple tend to not go to the­atres and that can be bad for the film’s busi­ness,” he says.

Cen­sor Board short­ens the li­plock in the lat­est James Bond film Spec­tre; the de­ci­sion gets trolled on Twit­ter!

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