Phillauri bears CBFC brunt; film asked to mute Hanuman Chalisa, add anti-ghost disclaimer

The CBFC instructed the makers of Phillauri to insert a disclaimer that they neither encourage superstitions nor believe in ghosts.

FP Staff March 24, 2017 12:56:21 IST
Phillauri bears  CBFC brunt; film asked to mute Hanuman Chalisa, add anti-ghost disclaimer

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is at it again. Along with instructing three absurd cuts in Shivam Nair's upcoming action thriller Naam Shabana, it has also asked the makers of Anshai Lal's directorial debut Phillauri to make certain amends to the film.

Phillauri bears  CBFC brunt film asked to mute Hanuman Chalisa add antighost disclaimer

Anushka Sharma and Suraj Sharma in a still from Phillauri.

Hindustan Times reports that the makers were asked to insert a disclaimer at the beginning of the film that they neither encourage superstitions nor believe in ghosts. The film revolves around Shashi, a friendly ghost played by Anushka Sharma, who has some unfinished business in her past life. The CBFC was of the view that the film might promote superstitions or ghosts.

DNA quotes Pahlaj Nihalani, the CBFC chairperson, as saying, "In my opinion it’s not the CBFC’s job to sit in judgment on the content of a film. We can only make amends in the presentation of the content. Not propagating superstition and blind faith falls in the jurisdiction of the State government. If we sat judgement over films on ghosts then we’d have to question why classics like Mahal, Gumnam, Woh Kaun Thi and Lekin were passed."

The CBFC has also asked the makers to mute 'Hanuman Chalisa' that Suraj Sharma's character chants, while sitting in a bathtub, to ward off the ghost of Anushka's character. The same report states that the CBFC was of the opinion that ghosts should be "eradicated and not pacified with 'Hanuman Chalisa'". They added that the scene amounted to "hurting of religious sentiments".  Thus, now, the scene appears with Suraj's character mumbling an inaudible chant.

Also, The Quint reports that the CBFC also instructed the makers to insert a scroll in a scene featuring a snake, saying that no snakes were harmed during the filming and that the snake is a product of Computer Graphic Imagery (CGI).

Phillauri stars Anushka, Suraj and Diljit Dosanjh. It is produced by Fox Star India and Anushka and her brother Karnesh Sharma's Clean Slate Films.

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