After Padmaavat, seems like the next film to fall into trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary that is slated to release on February 9. The espionage thriller is reportedly still waiting for its clearance from the Censor Board. Given that the film is based against the backdrop of the Indian army, the Ministry of Defence wants to review it. The makers of the film are undoubtedly stressed with the recent turn of events. If they fail to garner a censor certification on time, Aiyaary’s international release will fall into jeopardy.
The film has had to change the release date once already following Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s resolve to release PAdmaavat on January 25, the day Aiyaary was supposed to hit the theatres. In order to avoid a clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus and Akshay Kumar’s film with a social message, Padman, the makers decided to postpone the release of the film. However, later on Bhansali’s request, Akshay Kumar shifted his film’s date to February 9, putting Airaary back to square 1. (ALSO READ : Padman Vs Aiyaary Box Office Clash: Director Neeraj Pandey Isn’t Worried! Here’s Why)
The film is based on the lives of two, equally strong-willed army officers with different viewpoints, who are right in their own ways. Neeraj Pandey, who is known for films like Special 26, Wednesday, has come up with a narrative that showcases Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee as army officers, with the former being the protege and the latter being the mentor. The film also stars Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra in pivotal roles.