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Atomic Blonde: Charlize Theron’s lesbian sex scene axed by CBFC, but it’s available online

Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella’s lesbian sex scene from their new film, Atomic Blonde, has been axed by the CBFC. But does the CBFC know that it’s available for everyone to see already?

hollywood Updated: Aug 10, 2017 18:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Atomic Blonde,Charlize Theron,Sofia Boutella
Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella in the controversial scene from Atomic Blonde.

A lesbian lovemaking scene featuring Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella has been completely axed from Atomic Blonde, the Cold War spy thriller set to release in India Friday.

Speaking with The Quint, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani refused to comment on the matter when the reporter brought up how a same-sex scene in Deepa Mehta’s Fire was retained 21 years ago. “You must ask why it was passed by whoever was in my place back then,” he said.

The list of cuts recommended by the CBFC says, “Delete the visual of the hand touching the bare breast in bed of two ladies, and delete the entire love-making (having sex).”

Watch the rest of the scene here

In addition to the sex scene, shots of Theron’s “bare butt” in the bathtub have been asked to be removed. Shots of her nipples visible under a sweater, and a separate scene in which she is topless, have also been ordered out. Words like ‘c**t, c**k, b***s, b***h, p***k , and c*******r’ have been asked to be removed from the subtitles, but not from the soundtrack.

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First Published: Aug 10, 2017 17:39 IST