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Bank Chor gets U/A certificate with minor audio cuts, no change in the title

Riteish Deshmukh’s Bank Chor has received the U/A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with minor audio cuts and no visual cuts at all.

bollywood Updated: Jun 13, 2017 13:15 IST
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
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Riteish Deshmukh plays the lead in Bank Chor.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has granted the U/A certificate for the upcoming Yash Raj Films‘ project starring Riteish Deshmukh, Bank Chor.

Bank Chor also features Baba Sehgal.

Reports, however, claimed on Tuesday that CBFC had asked the makers of Bank Chor to change the title as it sounds like a Hindi abusive word. “The makers of Bank Chor thought they were being very clever by calling their film by a title that sounds like ‘behen****’ . They thought, every time Riteish Deshmukh and the other actors said ‘Bank Chor’ the audience would roar in delight by the similarity to the sisterly abuse,” a BollywoodHungama report quoted a source as saying.

“We asked them to re-do the title not just in the film but also in the trailers. Everywhere they used ‘Bank Chor’ like the Hindi abuse ‘behen c…d’. This was a kind of USP in their humour. We were sorry to play the spoilsport. But this was a most uncalled-for and recurring obscenity in the film. We asked them to clean it out,” the source added.

When contacted, sources from the production house told Hindustan Times that the reports were baseless and assured that the title remains unchanged.

Meanwhile, a press statement from the producers claimed that Bank Chor has passed the censor test and bagged U/A certificate with no visual cuts at all.

The makers took a collective call to not even have any smoking scene in the film in a bid to ensure that the film appealed to family audiences. There are some minor audio dubs and no visual cuts.

Riteish Deshmukh said in a press statement, “Throughout the making of the film, we kept family audiences in mind and we are so glad that the film has got a rating that will attract all kinds of people to the theaters on June 16! Ganpati Bappa Morya, Let’s Rock!”

”Even though my character plays a badass cop in the film, we refrained from showing him smoking or using any cuss words as we didn’t want to alienate younger audiences and families from the film. So Bank Chor now earns the accolade of being one of the cleanest comic thrillers ever,” Vivek Anand Oberoi added.

Along with Riteish, Bank Chor also stars Vivek Anand Oberoi, Rhea Chakraborty, Sahil Vaid, Bhuvan Arora, Vikram Thapa and Baba Sehgal, and is the story of 3 idiots who go to rob a bank on the worst possible day, when everything that can go wrong goes wrong. The film is slated to hit theatres on June 16.

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First Published: Jun 13, 2017 12:55 IST