A scene from Swara Bhaskar’s Anarkali of Arrah got leaked online and it has been trending ever since. It is no surprise that deleted scenes from a film, when leaked online, go viral every time! More so, when the scenes in question are bold and have some element of intimacy between two characters. And the popularity of these leaked scenes on the internet have nothing to do with how big or small the film is or which actors star in it. Interestingly, more often than none, these films are one’s the audience had no clue about until they learnt about the leaked scene.

Low budget, small banner, no A-lister, no big promotional events – these are just some more aspects common to these films! Another facet that connects these movies is that they have run into trouble with the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for some dialogue or scene! And yes, the leaked portions of the film are exactly the ones that the Censor Board had demanded to be cut! Take for example recent films like Parched starring Radhika Apte and Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Lipstick Under My Burqa that stars Konkona Sen Sharma. Along with the more recent Swara Bhaskar’s Anarkali of Arrah, these films made news and became instant trends after a bold or a nude scene got leaked online or after they got into trouble with the censor board.

While Parched came into limelight after a nude scene starring Radhika Apte got leaked online, many movie buffs came to know about the existence of the movie Lipstick Under My Burqa only after a letter from the CBFC for refusing to rate the ‘lady oriented’ film was shared online. The question is – how do these portions get leaked and why are they always the ones that the CBFC has had a problem with? Now, it is a known fact that CBFC has won a bad name over the past few years. It has been tagged biased, too interfering, hypocritical and more. While I am not getting down to judging if CBFC is right or wrong, it is interesting to see how CBFC is, I hope unknowingly, is helping the makers of these films to promote their projects. (ALSO READ: Swara Bhaskar’s Anaarkali of Aarah deleted sex scene leaked: Actress naked, groped in the viral video from movie)

There may be valid and invalid reasons, but the film fraternity has successfully managed to paint a very bad picture of the censor board in front of the audience and any issue with the board gets instant attention from film goers. And who wouldn’t be up for some free promotion, eh? And the same story followed! We will have producers and the directors expressing regrets over the controversial scene being available for free online. This will be followed by reports of some reaching out to the cyber crime cell and registering a complaint! But nothing concrete is achieved post this! The audience never gets to know who the culprit was!

Agreed, not all filmmakers may be guilty of this. But there is something really fishy about all this which needs immediate attention and action! For what point does it make if a scene that has been asked to be cut from the film is available online, to a larger audience? Doesn’t it defeat the purpose of censoring something? Sure, the censor board may not always be right, but isn’t there a need to check and ensure that Bollywood is not using it as a promotional vehicle it can ride on for free!