Published On: Wed, Dec 16th, 2015

‘Bajirao’ goes under Censor Board of Pakistan


The 1010433-BajiraoMastanicopy-1450191573-622-640x480eminent Bollywood director, producer, screenwriter, and music director Bhansali’s fans and critics aren’t just ones keeping a vigilant eye on the imminent Bajirao Mastani. With excitement adjoining the movie’s close attachment with the chronology of the subcontinent, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) of Pakistan was bound to review it closely. The movie is going to release within some days; it has previously run into a roadblock with the CBFC as the board has not permitted the movie to be displayed, up to now.

Mobasher Hasan, who is the chairman of the CBFC, said the cause following the verdict. He said that “Firstly, the film is in Hindi and our ordinance does not allow Hindi films to be screened,” he further stated that “Secondly, it is a historical drama that is indirectly against Islam and Muslims,”

While it was anticipated that personal scenes and some action series might quick the verdict, Hasan declared that this was not the case. He told that “There are intimate scenes in the film, but they were not a major concern for the panel,” Whereas the movie was abandoned by a panel, at first, local distributors have called for a full board analysis of the movie, once again.

Where the CBFC has not cleaned the Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone cast for release, the Punjab censor board has cleared the movie without any cuts. A section officer of the provincial board shared that “While it has a few intimate scenes, it remains a historic film at large with a few lessons in history, so it has been passed uncut,”

The executive director of IMGC, Abid Rasheed stated that the film characterizes no main personal scenes as evaluated to the previous movie of Ranveer and Deepika, Ram-Leela. He told while the movie was approved uncut by the censor board of Punjab, there have been some cuts made to the film by the Sindh Board of Film Certification (SBFC). Rasheed told that “The SBFC has only made a cut of around 15 to 20 seconds in the opening sequence of Bajirao Mastani. I don’t think that would hamper the quality of the film,”

In the year 2014, the CBFC had banned the release of Shahid Kapoor’s Haider, asserting the movie was against the “ideology of Pakistan,” whereas some scenes from the film PK by Aamir Khan were also cut. The CBFC had not provided a modify decision on the documentation of Bajirao Mastani till the organizing of this report.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.