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Coming soon, if at all: Code with cuts

NEXT CHANGE: The Da Vinci Code, but with a few cuts. India is likely to follow 36 other countries that allowed the screening of the movie with minor changes or a warning. Government sources, who almost ruled out a ban, told HT that some objectionable scenes could be censored when the film's certification was reviewed on Thursday -- a day ahead of its worldwide release.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 01:35 IST

NEXT CHANGE: The Da Vinci Code, but with a few cuts.

India is likely to follow 36 other countries that allowed the screening of the movie with minor changes or a warning. Government sources, who almost ruled out a ban, told HT that some objectionable scenes could be censored when the film's certification was reviewed on Thursday -- a day ahead of its worldwide release.

The show outside the cinema halls had its twists and turns as the I&B Ministry threw up a suspense to match the Dan Brown thriller.

On Tuesday, I&B Minister P.R. Dasmunshi had said he would watch The Da Vinci Code and decide whether to screen it in India or not. On Wednesday, after watching the film at a special screening -- even before its premiere at Cannes -- Dasmunshi said the Censor Board would take a call on Thursday evening.
The minister said the representatives of various Christian bodies who watched the film would submit their views.

The ministry will then forward its observations along with the objections of the Christian community to the board. "The ministry can only forward its observations and ask the board to review its certification," said a ministry official.

The censors had earlier told the distributors that the movie would get an A rating if a disclaimer that the movie was a work of fiction was carried at the beginning.

While at Cannes a senior official of the Catholic Church said the movie was so "unbelievable" that it posed no threat to faith, in India the protests go on. The Catholic Social Forum has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court, seeking action against Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore for clearing the movie.