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

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur

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.

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