WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Feb 13, 2019, 12.17 PM
The Central Board of Film Certification is at it again. One of the most anticipated films of the season, Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' has run into trouble with the Censor board.
According to media reports, CBFC has makers to shorten a kissing scene featuring the film's leads Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. It has further directed the makers to omit a close-up shot of the scene as well.
Reports state that the 13 seconds that have been snipped have been replaced with a wider shot.
The board has made four other changes in the film including removal of the name Royal Stag, an alcohol brand, which is incidentally the film's brand partner. It is perhaps for the first time that the Censor board has removed a brand partner's name from the film. The board has also beeped out cuss words.
This is not the first time that the Indian Censor Board has played the moral police. Earlier, when Pahlaj Nihalani was the chief of the board, several Indian and International films faced arbitrary cuts. CBFC is now headed by adman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi.
Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' premiered last week at the Berlin Film Festival where it received a positive response from audience and critics alike.
The film is scheduled to release in theatres on 14th February.
The censor board has demanded four other cuts in the film.