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Love Sonia, a film about sex trafficking, slashed with over 45 cuts by Prasoon Joshi-led CBFC

Love Sonia, the new film starring Freida Pinto, Richa Chadda, Demi Moore and Mark Duplass, has been slapped with 45 cuts, despite being certified ‘A’ by the Central Board of Film Certification.

hollywood Updated: Sep 19, 2017 15:20 IST
HT Correspondent
Freida Pinto in a still from Love Sonia.
Freida Pinto in a still from Love Sonia.

Love Sonia, the new film starring Freida Pinto, Richa Chadda, Demi Moore and Mark Duplass, has been slapped with 45 cuts, despite being certified ‘A’ by the Central Board of Film Certification. The CBFC underwent a change of leadership in August, with Pahlaj Nihalani being sacked, and lyricist Prasoon Joshi taking over.

Writer Shobhaa De took to Twitter and commented, “Tabrez Noorani’s acclaimed movie Love Soniya (sic) on human trafficking ordered 45 cuts, given an ‘A’ certificate. But why?”

According to a DNA report, all the cuss words in Hindi and English have been removed, and scenes of sexual abuse have been reduced drastically.

“This is a movie that found me. It’s a story that needs to be told, to show the plight of these girls, what they go through. These women and girls — they are full of spirit. Some manage to break free and move on. There’s a lot of hope,” director Noorani had told Hindustan Times.

The CBFC has been through a controversial period during Nihalani’s two-year tenure as chief. Nihalani had objected to several films’ content, and based his decision on ‘sanskaar’. Numerous films such as Udta Punjab and Lipstick Under My Burkha were either made to undergo cuts, or hit with unreasonable demands.

Prasoon Joshi’s sudden appointment was celebrated by the film industry, but his own tenure hasn’t gotten off to a smooth start. According to reports, cuts were demanded in the Hollywood horror movie It and now Love Sonia, a film about a sensitive subject, is being slashed.

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