Earlier this year, when the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) cleared three movies without any cuts and gave them an ‘A’ rating instead, makers of No One Killed Jessica (NOKJ), Turning 30 and 7 Khoon Maaf lauded their decision. But Ekta Kapoor is not so happy.
The producer is upset with the differential treatment her forthcoming Shor In The City is getting, for the use of the word ‘bitch’ in a song in the film. The promos of the Balaji Motion Pictures’ film show the word beeped out from the track, Karma is a bitch….
A well-placed source in Kapoor’s company reveals that the producer is shocked to see that the Censors are judging her film differently. The song in question features during the film’s opening and closing credits. "Rani Mukerji uttered worse expletives in NOKJ, so it’s surprising that the Censors want us to beep out the word," reasons our source.
Interestingly, this is not the first time the Board has asked for an objectionable word to be removed. Last year, Farah Khan edited the word tawaif (prostitute) from a dialogue in the Akshay Kumar starrer, Tees Maar Khan.
Reiterating the production house’s stand, our source maintains: "The word in question is not a swear word any more, and that is commonly known. People use it all the time. So we fail to understand why the Censors have a problem," shrugs our informer, conceding that they don’t mind a U/A rating for their film as "there are also hardcore Hindi expletives used in the movie."
On her part, producer Ekta Kapoor says, "‘Bitch’ is not a swear word by any stretch of imagination. It’s common parlance. We haven’t been informed about the beeping of the word in the final film yet, and I hope that won’t be the case."