Even as Raveen Tandon reels in anger and disappointment about the censor board’s treatment to her upcoming film Maatr, and while the Indian Supreme Court debates over the relevance of pre-censorship in the era of internet, yet another film has become the CBFC’s latest target. Sonakshi Sinha starrer Noor which is due to release on Friday, April 21 2017, is facing trouble with the board over the use of a banned word – ‘Dalit’.
The board viewed the film recently and as per a report in a leading daily, has asked the makers of Noor to chop off the scene where the word is uttered. It has also asked the removal of all references if at all, related to the banned word from the film. As per a source quoted by the daily, the word has been muted in the film. But that is not all.
The board had problems with the mention of a sex toy and a liquor brand in Noor. As per the same report, the board suggested that the word ‘sex toy’ be replaced by ‘adult site’. Now, we don’t know how that fits in or how it ranks higher on the board’s ‘appropriate’ scale! (ALSO READ: Noor star Sonakshi Sinha will not do bold roles! Is dad Shatrughan Sinha the reason?)
It can be recalled that the board and its ways have been highly debated since some time now. Earlier this year, the board had refused to certify ‘lady oriented’ film Lipstick Under My Burkha and also had issues with some bold scenes in Swara Bhaskar’s Anaarkali Of Aarah. While it remains to be seen if all the discussions around the censor board’s treatment to films are able to change the ‘archaic laws’ but one thing is for sure – the board will continue to enthrall us with its reasons for being strict with a film.