Censors want Brett Lee’s love scene with Tannishtha edited

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Brett Lee with Tannishtha Chatterjee.

Cricketer-turned actor Brett Lee’s Bollywood film has run into trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The former Australian pace bowler’s love scene with Tannishtha Chatterjee in his debut, ‘UnIndian’, has got the red signal from the Censor Board. The Examining Committee (EC) has asked to tone down a one-minute-eight-seconds scene.

If the film’s makers agree to the recommended alteration, it becomes a 26-seconds scene. The committee suggested, “Remove the sideways visual and end climatic shot. The sex scene not to be synchronised with the mantra chanting.”

The EC has asked the filmmaker to oblige the recommendation if they expect a U/A. ‘Appalled’ by the EC’s suggestion, director Anupam Sharma says, “The love scene runs simultaneously with a sermon scene where followers chant ‘Om Shreem Hreem’ which are spiritual chants and not religious. I’m a practising Hindu myself so there is no way I would offend anyone’s sentiments.”

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Reiterating that India gave KamaSutra to the world, he adds, “Speaking of the side profile, the actors are bareback in the scene. It’s been shot aesthetically. Much more is shown on Indian television and item songs.”

Though he doesn’t agree with the cuts, he says, “My film is not as politically powerful as ‘Udta Punjab’ so I don’t have to make a statement. I cannot lose out on my audience at the cost of retaining my interest as a filmmaker. We have about three weeks left for release (August 19), so I will oppose the cut from my end. At the same time, I cannot hold my distributors and producer at ransom. I wonder how no lesson has been learnt, even after the Bombay High Court making it clear that the CBFC does not have the power to ‘censor’ films. Of all films, this one is the last film that needs to run into controversy.” – CINEWS

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