Now directors have to pre-censor films: Mahesh Bhatt

Bhatt...“Raaz Reboot"  had a problem with censors over the use of  profanities.

Bhatt…“Raaz Reboot” had a problem with censors over the use of profanities.

With several Bollywood and foreign films, including even Jungle Boy, running into problems with the censor board, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says the directors have reached a stage where they are pre-censoring content to avoid any trouble with the men with scissors.

Earlier this year, the Shahid Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer “Udta Punjab” was having problems with CBFC – a matter which was eventually resolved by the High Court asking the board to certify and not censor. Then Missing in a Weekend had significant trouble and one of the few movies to escape unscathed was A Flying Jatt, which drew praise from the chief of the censors who said he felt like applauding the film at the end,

Katrina Kaif-starrer Baar Baar Dekho was suggested cuts by the board relating to a bra scene and a reference to a soft porn cartoon character.

“There is a danger of regressive governments and nations. We go through so many instances where today pre-censorship has become a reality,” Bhatt said. “There are occasions when you stamp out possibility of filming a particular story, or a scene because you fear that the powers that rule you, won’t allow you,” he opined.

The 67-year-old filmmaker is now ready with his home production “Raaz Reboot”, starring Emraan Hashmi and Kriti Kharbanda. Though the horror film has been given an ‘A’ certificate by the censor board, Bhatt had to struggle when it came to a particular scene involving profanities.

“We did have a problem with the censor. There is a scene where the girl (Kriti) is possessed so she keeps on repeating the ‘F’ word. She spouts it with utmost intensity. It is a brilliant, chilling sequence,” he revealed.

“That was part of the story, a completely decent housewife gets possessed by the dark forces and becomes a demon. But we were asked to cut down the profanities considerably. Though it is still there, the words were muted at places and replaced by something else,” he further said.

“Raaz Reboot” is the fourth instalment in the horror franchise, the first part of which released in 2002 starring Bipasha Basu in the lead.

The subsequent parts starred Kangana Ranaut and Bipasha, with Emraan as the hero. – CINEWS

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