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Bebo's smoking scenes in Heroine censored!

It's victory time for the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC). Though the producers UTV of Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine have gone to the honourable High Court to protest against the new policy of a statutory-warning ticker whenever a smoking sequence is shown, the CBFC on Friday, passed

bollywood Updated: Sep 03, 2012 13:20 IST
Subhash K. Jha
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It's victory time for the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC). Though the producers UTV of Madhur Bhandarkar's

Heroine

have gone to the honourable High Court to protest against the new policy of a statutory-warning ticker whenever a smoking sequence is shown, the CBFC on Friday, passed

Heroine

with an 'A' certificate, and with a statutory warning for every scene showing Kareena Kapoor smoking.



And since Kareena is shown smoking for approximately 30 percent of the film it means audiences will get to see the statutory warning for about one-third of the playing-time.



Explaining the decision, a source from the CBFC said, "Yes, we've instructed the makers of

Heroine

to put statutory warnings wherever the heroine is shown smoking. We're following the rule. In

Raaz 3

as well, a character who smokes would be seen doing so with a statutory warning .Even in Hollywood films whenever any characters smokes on screen, we ask for the statutory warning to be flashed at the bottom of the screen."



Cigarette smoking is not all that has proven injurious to the health of Madhur Bhandarkar's much-anticipated film. Even scenes showing a brand of cigarette have been censored.



Says the CBFC source, "A box of the same brand of cigarette has been shown in ten different places in

Heroine

. This amounted to endorsing a cigarette brand. We've asked the brand name to be blurred out in all the ten places where it is shown."



Interestingly, the much-talked about love scenes in

Heroine

have been left intact. The decision to carry a statutory warning with every smoking scene has not gone down too well with the makers of

Heroine

. Someone from the core team said, "Way back in 1968, Nargis was shown smoking for a majority of the running time in

Raat Aur Din

. Are we moving forward or backward in time?"



As for the film's core team's contention that the constant no-smoking warning would distract the audience a source from the CBFC said, "After a while the audience wouldn't even notice it."



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