Censor board’s scissors on Deepika -Shahrukh Khan’s “Pathan”

NEW DELHI : The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has advised makers of Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s upcoming film ‘Pathaan’ to implement certain changes in the film, including in its songs, and submit a revised version, chairperson Prasoon Joshi has said. The film recently reached the CBFC examination committee for certification and went through the due and thorough examination process as per the board’s guidelines.
Helmed by Siddharth Anand ‘Pathaan’ which also stars John Abraham is scheduled for the atrical release in January 2023, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. One of its songs ‘Besharam Rang’ courted controversy over the orange-coloured bikini sported by Deepika Padukone.
CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi said, “Pathaan went through the due and through examining process as per the CBFC guidelines. The committee has guided the makers to implement the advised changes in the film including the songs and submit the revised version prior to theatrical release. He said that “CBFC is always committed to find the right balance between creative expression and sensibility of the audience and believe that we can always find solution through meaningful dialogue between all stakeholders.”
“Whilst the process is getting duly followed and implemented I must reiterate that our culture and faith is glorious, intricate and nuanced. And we have to be careful that it does not get defined by trivia which takes the focus away from the real and the true. And like I have said earlier as well, that the trust between creators and audience is most important to protect and the creators should keep working towards it.”

However, the movie has already found itself in hot waters with many. The movie had already faced a boycott over Shah Rukh Khan’s old statement. However, the recent release of the movie’s song Besharam Rang stirred controversy. The song was criticised by many for Deepika’s appearance in a saffron bikini and sensual dance moves, with many belonging to right-wing ideologies not being shy to brand the song as “vulgar”.

Shah Rukh’s green shirt in the song also infuriated many. While the song was criticised for the saffron bikini, Deepika wore four other different outfits in the song with the saffron bikini being on screen for just 20 seconds. Politicians like Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra and the state legislative assembly’s speaker Girish Gautam also opposed the song and asked for reshoots of the offensive scenes.
The film’s track ‘Besharam Rang’ dropped online on December 12, and soon it became the talk of the town. While several liked the peppy track, there were also some who found the song objectionable over the use of saffron and green costumes. A slew of activists in Indore even staged a protest and set effigies of Deepika and Shah Rukh on fire.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra, speaking to media persons a couple of days after the release of the track ‘Besharam Rang’, had objected to the use of saffron costumes in the song. He said the film contained some objectionable scenes, and threatened to ban Pathaan in Madhya Pradesh if those shots are not replaced. “The costumes in the song at first glance are objectionable. It is clearly visible that the song of the film ‘Pathaan’ has been shot with a dirty mindset.” Meanwhile, Yash Raj Films recently released the second song of the film ‘Jhoome Jo Pathaan,’ which received massive response from the fans.
(Bureau Report with Media Inputs).

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