Priyanka Chopra’s Baywatch gets CFBC rating, five cuts. But what’ll happen to the bikinis?
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Priyanka Chopra’s Baywatch gets CFBC rating, five cuts. But what’ll happen to the bikinis?

Priyanka Chopra’s debut Hollywood film Baywatch, which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, will be released in India with an ‘A’ rating. Here’s what the CBFC has recommended be cut from the film.

hollywood Updated: May 22, 2017 08:30 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Baywatch is scheduled for a June 2 release.

Priyanka Chopra’s debut Hollywood film Baywatch was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with an ‘A’ rating on Friday. The action-comedy co-starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron has been recommended five cuts - one visual and four verbal, according to a report.

The series, made famous across TV screens in the ‘90’s for its shots of women running on beaches in slow-motion, will retain similar images in the film, says Subhash K Jha, reporting for DNA.

Speaking to the tabloid, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani says: “There was no rationale to cut the bikini images. For one, the series ran on satellite television in India for years and contained lengthy shots of women in bikinis. Secondly, Indian filmmakers really need to stop making such a big issue about bikinis. Go to Goa or Mauritius. The beaches are carpeted with women in bikinis. What is the big deal about such shots?”

But those expecting the film to arrive untouched will be disappointed. Several instances of swearing have been asked to be removed, adds Nihalani.

“Baywatch is crammed with cuss words and filthy language. We deleted portions where we thought the smutty language was unnecessary. But we’ve allowed the bad language in several dialogues because we felt cutting them took away from the flavour and intention of the words. I’d like to stress that we’ve given an ‘A’ certificate, not just for the bikinis, but for the strong language as well.”

In the US, Baywatch is rated R, “for crude sexual content, language throughout and graphic nudity.” Although this report makes no mention of the graphic nudity, it is unlikely that those scenes will be left intact.

Priyanka Chopra plays the villain Victoria Leeds in the film, who challenges the team of lifeguard led by Dwayne Johnson.

Baywatch is scheduled for a June 2 release. The film is directed by Seth Gordon and also stars Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera and Jon Bass, with cameos by original TV show actors Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.

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First Published: May 22, 2017 08:29 IST