For whimsical nature of CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani, Bollywood movie industry has suffered a lot in recent times. Recently, he has been criticized by the media. On several occasion, he has operated the censorship and certification in an irrational manner.
During the release of Udta Punjab, industry people have united together against the maverick Pahlaj. Makers of Udta Punjab have gone to the court to get certification for the movie. There has been an issue with the duration of kisses with Spectre in James Bond too.
Interestingly, Pahlaj has not commented anything about the movie Befikre from Yash Raj Films which has several kisses between the lead characters. In addition to kisses, there has been a butt scene also. So, what prompted Pahlaj to keep his mouth shut? Do you really want to know his excuse?
By hearing his reasons on passing Befikre without any cuts, you may be laughing your heart out completely. According to Pahlaj, the butt scene has been shortened to a great extent. Now, he says that there is nothing wrong with the showcase of butt when only girlfriend and boyfriend is around the room and they have been doing what couple do at alone time. In defense, Pahlaj has also said that butt scene has been accepted for some of Hollywood movies including our very own Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail also.
As always, Pahlaj has not stopped by giving only this statement. He has also added the fact that there have been lengthy kisses in the movies like Tamasha, Spectre and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. However, shots of kisses are quite fleeting in Befikre. The kisses have been made a part of the story. So, it may be hard to exclude the scenes from the movie without any disruption in narrative.
We may not like the excuse from Pahlaj. It may not be justified at all. However, we are only happy that scissor of censor board has stayed away from the movie. Creative endeavor of the director has not been curved.