Ahmedabad, Mar 26: The Censor Board of Film Certification headed by Pahlaj Nihalani asked Dakxin Chhara to scrap the phrase ‘Mann Ki Baat’ from a dialogue in his upcoming thriller titled Sameer, and it is obviously not because of it being obscene or anything but because it is the title of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio programme to the nation. Nihalani couldn’t be reached for comment.Also Read - PM Modi Clocks 20 Meetings in His 65-hour Stay in US
“They categorically asked for the words ‘mann ki baat’ to be removed from the first sentence,” said Chhara. Dakxin Chhara also said that he doesn’t know if the line violates the Cinematograph Act. He said, “We were not given an oral hearing before Censor Board members, which is supposed to be mandatory.” Chhara also said that he plans to challenge the CBFC’s ‘Mann ki baat’ cut decision. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights Updates Sep 27, 2021: India's Daily COVID Vaccination Crosses One Crore Mark
Chhara also complained that despite being given an A certificate, they were asked to remove several scenes with bomb blasts in them. “The Board, despite granting us an ‘A’ (adults only) certificate, asked for certain scenes involving torture, and bomb blast, to be chopped mercilessly. If we comply, the impact of those scenes would be lost altogether,” said Chhara. The film is based on the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts and stars Seema Biswas and Anjali Patil. Also Read - Assam Siblings Write to PM Modi and CM Himanta to 'Take Necessary Action' as Their Adult Teeth Weren't Growing and They Had Trouble Chewing Food
A report by Mid-Day explains the scene where the phrase has been used in the film. It says: In the final scene of Dakxin Chhara’s film ‘Sameer’, a series of twists reveals the actual identity of the lead character (Subrat Dutta). The villain (Zeeshan Mohamed), at this point tells him, “Ek mann ki baat kahoon? Tum character accha bana lete ho!” The hero retorts, “Waise sir, chai se ch***ya banana aap hi se seekha hai!”
While the Censor Board had no problem with the word that has been used in the second dialogue, it definitely had issues with the phrase ‘Mann Ki Baat’. “When I approached the Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, he told me: PM ka radio show hai, delete the line,” Chhara was quoted as saying.
Earlier this week, the CBFC had censored few scenes from movies such as Phillauri, Anaarkali of Aarah and Naam Shabana and last month, the CBFC had refused to certify Prakash Jha’s women-oriented award-winning upcoming production Lipstick Under My Burkha saying that the movie contains audio pornography and sexual scenes, among other things.
Very recently, the filmmakers of Anarkali Of Arrah were asked to replace mention of the name of Amitabh Bachchan and the late Amrish Puri in a dialogue. As per the reports, the CBFC feared that it would hurt the sentiments of people. The original line in the film was: “Agar tum Amitabh Bachchan ban kar aayee, toh chahti ho ki hum Amrish Puri bann jaaye?” The makers had to replace Amitabh Bachchan’s name with “aaye baaye”, and Amrish Puri’s name with “daaye baaye”.