Censor troubles for Madhur Bhandarkar: Calendar Girls' song deemed inappropriate for TV

  • Jigar Shah, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2015 15:45 IST

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has often been in the news for demanding cuts in movies, and even the omission of certain words. The latest Bollywood filmmaker to be at loggerheads with the CBFC is Madhur Bhandarkar, with regards to his upcoming release Calender Girls.

A source from the production house says, "One of the songs from the movie features five girls on a beach. They’re in bikinis and other swim wear, while they are being photographed for a calendar. The song was supposed to be aired on TV this Sunday (July 5), but now, the board has suggested that the song be given an A certificate, and be declared inappropriate for TV viewing. However, they have allowed the makers to retain the song in the film."

Apparently, the makers were baffled with the decision as they had already cut the song promo for TV, and would have to redo it. After a lot of back and forth, Madhur has now decided to approach the revising committee.

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Commenting on the incident, co-producer of

Calendar Girls

, Sangeeta Ahir, says, "It is sad... why can’t women look sexy? The song has been shot on a beach, and hence they are wearing swim suits... I am very sure of the content, and I will not promote sleaze just to grab eyeballs. The film is, in fact, about the emotional journey of these girls."

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