Just yesterday we heard the news of the CBFC demanding 48 cuts in the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz‘. This is after the movie getting an A rating. We hear the makers have been asked to remove abusive words like ‘C*******a’, ‘B*******e’ and a few sentences which include words like ‘khada’. Also the humping scene has been asked to cut it down by least 80 percent. This hasn’t been taken all that well by Nawaz and also the director of the film Kushan Nandy. Kushan has vowed to fight for the same and also revealed that Pahlaj Nihalani told him that he was earlier thinking of banning the film.
Talking about the 48 cuts in the film, Kushan said, “First and foremost, we don’t have humping scenes. They are love-making scenes. I am shocked and appalled with what has happened. If you notice the cuts, there’s a sentence, ‘Yeh kaahe ka c******a hai.’ We use such sentences in our everyday life. The excuse given to us is that children also sneak into cinema halls to watch adult films. How is that my problem? Penalise the cinema halls for this, not the producers. The way they have dealt with our film is insulting. They humiliated Kiran (the producer) which is unpardonable.”
Speaking about his meeting with Nihalani to discuss the cuts, he said, “I also met Pahlaj in private. He said, ‘You are lucky I’m not banning your film.’ When I argued that there are no grounds to do that, he retorted, ‘What are these abuses? Do you plan to make a dictionary of bad words?’ He even asked me to change lines like ‘Maa ka lehenga’ to ‘Maa ka anchal.’ In short, the essence of what is being said is lost. He told me, ‘C*****a ko tutiya kar do.’ He is basically trying to teach us to make a film. And finally , he told me to remove the line that has ‘Khada’ in it. He said, ‘I will never let it pass because I am abused for my song Khada Hai Khada Hai to this day.’ I’ll fight this till the end.”
Kiran and Kushan have now reached out to the FCAT (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal) for some revisions in the cuts. The hearing will be done tomorrow (August 3rd). Kiran says, “We’re hopeful about getting justice.”