Toilet: Ek Prem Katha - CBFC orders 8 verbal cuts to Akshay Kumar-starrer
Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar's upcoming socially relevant film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has received praise from several quarters, for dealing with the subject of lack of sanitation facilities. It is inspired by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman Pahlaj Nihalani remarked that it should be made tax-free. Recently, Kumar was declared the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission in Uttar Pradesh.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has been given a 'U/A' certificate by the CBFC, and the makers of the film have been ordered to make eight verbal cuts. A source speaking to DNA says that these cuts are related to the crude language used by the characters.
"In one sequence, Akshay Kumar is heard telling his [on] screen-wife, ‘Tumne mujhe teen baar jagaya hai. Main koi saand hoon kya (you’ve woken me up thrice… am I a bull?)’. In another sequence, a character says, he goes to pee with a rassi (thread) around his ears. He means the sacred janao worn by Brahmins. And we saw no reason for something with such sanctity attached to it being referred to so facetiously," said the source.
Additionally, the makers of the film have been asked to cut out the word 'haraami' as well as three other expletives.
This film was recently embroiled in more than one plagiarism controversy, and a Jaipur based filmmaker Pratik Sharma alleged that the subject and punchline were lifted from his film. On 5 August, the court rejected Sharma's plea.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, directed by Shree Narayan Singh, is slated to release on 11 August.