The latest James Bond flick Spectre has got a ‘sanskari’ makeover ahead of its release in India with the censor board chopping the kissing scenes by half, reports said Wednesday.
The movie, starring Daniel Craig in the title role, suffered four cuts --two verbal, two visual --before it was given a U/A certificate by the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), Rediff reported.
The report said that the censors cut down Bond’s success rate with the ladies. Craig’s passionate kisses with his co-stars were reduced by as much as 50%.
“The Censor Board had nothing against James Bond kissing, but the length of the kisses were found to be excessive,” a source said.
The two audio cuts were abuses, one of them, invariably, the F-word.
Chief censor Pahlaj Nihalani was quoted by NDTV as saying that he had nothing to do with the edits. The film will be released in theatres across the country on Friday.
Immediately after the news was out, the hashtag #SanskariJamesBond trended on Twitter with people going ballistic over Bond’s conservative makeover.
#SanskariJamesBond On his Mom's Command and Service— Sangeetha (@SangitaSri) November 18, 2015
Bond franchise to create an exclusive Bond movie suitable for passing by Indian Censor Board. Alok Nath to play the role of James Bond.— Roflindian 2.0 (@Roflindian) November 18, 2015
For many it brought back memories of Bollywood films of the 1970s when visuals of flowers and bees filled in for kissing scenes.
No long kisses on screen, says Censor Board. Let's bring back the nodding flowers, cooing pigeons and hiding behind trees at *the* moment— Poonam Saxena (@PoonamSaxena_) November 18, 2015
#SanskariJamesBond will kiss behind two flowers touching each other to show that he cares about Indian culture— Ye Ole it's Peppi (@PeppiWomaniYo) November 18, 2015
Others conjured images of a desi Bond clad in a black dhoti, eating Patanjali noodles and drinking his favourite lassi. Shaken, not stirred.
His ringtone is the Gayatri Mantra #SanskariJamesBond— kaveri (@ikaveri) November 18, 2015
#SanskariJamesBond has a small idol of Ganeshji on the dashboard of his Aston Martin— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) November 18, 2015