Anushka Sharma’s Phillauri is the latest film in CBFC’s radar!
The Central Board of Film Certification isn't sparing anyone! The latest film to land into hot waters is spooky rom-com Phillauri! Read on to know why:
Censor snips Hanuman Chalisa?
While Phillauri has been certified for watching by the CBFC, the board does not want a particular scene to be shown in the film. The scene, which features Suraj Sharma reciting Hanuman Chalisa while in a bathtub, has been flagged down by the board.
The reason behind the snip
The board does not belive in promoting superstitions. The film, which is satirical comedy on the beliefs of an NRI family, features lead Suraj reciting Hanuman Chalisa when he sees his ghost wife, Anushka in the bathroom. Although hilarious, the scene has not gone down well with the censor.
Pahlaj Nihalani clarifies
Censor chief however upheld his decision saying it was indeed his duty to do so. He said, “In my opinion it’s not the CBFC’s job to sit in judgment on the content of a film. We can only make amends in the presentation of the content. Not propagating superstition and blind faith falls in the jurisdiction of the State government. If we sat judgement over films on ghosts then we’d have to question why classics like Mahal, Gumnam, Woh Kaun Thi and Lekin were passed.”
A muted scene now?
Apparently now, the audiences will now only hear Suraj ‘s character mumbling something. The board has directed the makers to mute the recitation in the scene, because they believe the scene will hurt people’s religious sentiments.
Too many slaps irk the Censor?
Another scene has been bogged down by the CBFC is the slap scene, which we got to see in the trailer. CBFC does not belive in promoting violence of any kind on screen. Instead of cutting down the whole sequence like they wanted to, the makers have settled for just 2 slaps in the scene.
A tough pass for the makers!
The CBFC has also asked the makers to display a disclaimer before the start of the movie stating that they do not believe or subscribe to any superstitions. Well it feels like it was a tough ride for Phillauri to pass the Censor. We are glad it’s over now!