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Guardians of the Galaxy runs into trouble with CBFC, Pahlaj Nihalani blames Disney

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’s Tamil and Telugu version have run into trouble with the CBFC, giving Baahubali: The Conclusion a clear path to continue breaking box office records in its second week.

hollywood Updated: May 05, 2017 12:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Chris Pratt (left), and Michael Rooker in a scene from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. (AP)

The Tamil and Telugu versions of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 have run into trouble with the CBFC. The Marvel superhero sequel will not be released as per schedule, clearing the route for Baahubali: The Conclusion to continue its dominance at the box office.

As per Subhash K Jha, the film was not cleared by the censor board in time for its release on May 5. Chief Pahlaj Nihalani was quick to point the finger at Disney, the film’s parent studio.

““We received the English version of Guardians Of Galaxy2 four days before the planned release. We however accommodated the screening into our packed schedule and cleared the English version of the film, as we did not want to be responsible for the delay in any way. The Hindi version was viewed and certified a day later somehow. But now film’s Indian distributors (Disney) want us to view the Tamil and Telugu versions of Guardians Of Galaxy 2 just 36 hours before release and grant the censor clearance. This is not possible. It’s impractical and unprofessional of Disney to expect the CBFC to be at their beck and call.”

Nihalani wonders why Disney was so late in delivering the film for certification since it has been in release for over a week abroad.

This image released by Disney-Marvel shows Chris Pratt in a scene from, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. ( AP )

“The days of jumping the queue at the CBFC are over,” he says. “Now when certification is done online, a number is allotted to the producer. That number has to be adhered to for all the procedures for certification. Disney, who are the Guardians Of Galaxy2 distributors in India, came to us with the four versions of the film one after the other during the days leading up the film’s release. Since Guardians Of Galaxy 2 had released worldwide two weeks before India, and therefore the content was available much before the Indian release, why did Disney have to wait till the last minute for censor certification?”

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First Published: May 05, 2017 12:06 IST