While it mostly enrages movie buffs with weird cuts and irrational explanations, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has surprised us with their “censorship, or lack of it” on a few rare occasions.
The upcoming film Mirza Juuliet has apparently received an A certificate keeping most of the raunchy scenes intact. Manoj Bapayee’s Aligarh (2015) and Swara Bhaskar’s Anaarkali of Aarah are other examples of similar benevolence from CBFC recently.
Mirza Juuliet, directed by Rajesh Ram Singh, even has a scene with the hero masturbating, which has not been cut, a DNA report said. “The film is set in the north Indian heartland and is quite raw, visually and verbally. The Censor Board has allowed a lot of it (read: cusswords) to remain. Chandan Roy Sanyal plays a horny suitor of the heroine. He is constantly lusting, and in one sequence, he is even seen masturbating while calling out her name. Surprisingly, the CBFC has allowed the bold sequence,” it quoted a source as saying.
Reacting to the development, Chanda told DNA, “Thought of it a challenge for me as an actor. Surprisingly female audiences who have watched the scene have laughed. My character is so horny all the time, he’s funny. He has the audience in splits. I am surprised that the CBFC didn’t cut out the masturbation scene.”
When asked how the movie made it without any cuts, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani told DNA, “We are not prudes. When sex is an integral part of the plot, we allow it. Mirza Juuliet is defined by the politics of violence. We’ve cut as little as possible.”
Hindustan Times could not independently verify the report.
Mirza Juuliet is a fight between lust and love and stars Pia Bajpai, Darshan Kumar and Chandal Roy Sanyal in lead roles.
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