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Not Just OMG 2, Several Hindi Films Have Faced Trouble With Censor Board In The Past

Going by the recent reports, OMG 2 – which was recently sent for certification – is now facing trouble with the CBFC.

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Akshay Kumar in Oh My God 2 teaser

AKSHAY Kumar, who had portrayed Lord Krishna in OMG, will be essaying the reincarnation of Lord Shiva in OMG 2. The teaser, which was dropped by the makers, continues to be lauded by the viewers. Going by the recent reports, OMG 2- which was recently sent for certification – is now facing trouble with the CBFC.

Reportedly, the Central Board Of Film Certification has stopped its release, and the film has now been sent to the review committee. As per reports, the Censor Board has refused to certify the film. The board took this decision to avoid controversies, which they faced for permitting controversial dialogues in Om Raut’s Adipurush. The board clearly doesn’t want to repeat the mistake.

ETimes had earlier reported that the Examining Committee has asked the producers to send the film to the Revision Committee. It further mentioned that the makers haven’t received a show cause notice from the CBFC yet. A few other reports mentioned that the producers have not been informed about OMG 2 facing any issues with the certification.

Several Hindi films in the past have courted controversy for their objectionable religious, sexual and political content. Some films were also denied certificates for putting out content that could have hurt viewers’ sentiments.

Ahead of the release of Pathan in January this year, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer had to incorporate ten cuts that were suggested by the Central Board of Film Certification. The suggested changes included removal of lead actor Deepika’s  close-up shots in Besharam Rang, replacement of the word ‘RAW’ with ‘Hamare’ and usage of ‘Toote Foote’ instead of ‘Langde Lulle’, removal of the word ‘PMO’ and replacement of the word ‘PM’ with either President or Minister in 13 different places. The word ‘Mrs Bharatmata’ was also changed to ‘Hamari Bharatmata and ‘Ashok Chakra’ was changed to Veer Puraskar. The word KGB was replaced with SBU.

In 21018, the Prasoon Joshi-led CBFC had certified Padmavati a ‘U/A’, after Sanjay Leela Bhansali keyed in the suggested modifications. Among the suggested changes was altering the title to Padmavat instead of Padmavati.

The makers had to change the disclaimer to one that clearly didn’t claim historical accuracy. They also had to change incorrect / misleading reference to historical places, and modify the popular track Ghoomar to make the depiction suitable to the character’s portrayal. An addition was also suggested to the disclaimer stating that the film in no manner subscribed to the practice of Sati or sought to glorify it.

In another instance of Bollywood filmmakers being stopped from making progressive movies, Alankrita Shrivasta’s Lipstick Under My Burkha had to be changed to ensure its theatrical release wasn’t stalled. The movie was delayed by almost six months, and censored for using “contagious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography.” Alankrita had called the decision an “assault on women’s rights.”

In 2016, Udta Punjab, which was set against the backdrop f Punjab’s drug abuse, was cleared with 13 cuts under the ‘A’ category.

Boom too had passionate lip-locks between Gulshan Grover and Katrina Kaif which were censored along with numerous other cuts.

In 1994, Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen, which revolved around the true story of Phoolan Devi, faced the wrath of the censors for its brutal rape scene.

In 1996, CBFC objected to intimate scenes in Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra — A Tale of Love. Other films that faced trouble with Censor Board was Deepa Mehta’s Water  Anupam Sharma’s UnIndian, Shonali Bose’s Margarita With a Straw and Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh.

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