Censor Board muted 'lesbian' and 3 other words in Dum Laga Ke Haisha: Report
Dum Laga Ke Haisha may have easily got the approval of the masses but to get the nod of the censor board, reportedly, it had to mute words like 'lesbian'.
According to a NDTV report, the makers of Dum Laga Ke Haisha were also asked to change the word Haramkhor to kathor. The other words which were used as replacements in the film are thenga (for ghanta), chhichoripana (for haramipana) and galli ke pille (for haram ke pille).
Reportedly, the word 'lesbian' was suppose to be used in the court scene where Sandhya’s (Bhumi Pednekar) younger brother asks his mom, ‘Mummy, kahin didi lesbian toh nahi hoti jaa rahi?'.
According to filmmaker Sharat Katariya, he was told by the censor board that word 'lesbian' is being said by a kid is not 'appropriate' and therefore they have decided to mute the word even though it isn't a cuss word.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is the latest film to have word(s) muted and/or altered after Central Board of Film Certification came up with a list of 28 cuss words that filmmakers cannot use in their movies. Even Badlapur and NH10 had to abide by this censor board word list.
This word list has been a great source of concern for Bollywood filmmakers. Last month, leading Bollywood filmmakers met senior functionaries of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to discuss the issue.
A well-placed source said that during the long meeting, several members of the board opposed the move to impose such a ban. One such censor board member, Ashoke Pandit, who has openly condemned this word ban spoke out in favour of Dum Laga Ke Haisha and wrote:
Came to know through news papers & If it's true then muting"Lesbian"in a film is shameful.I condemn it.#freedomofexpression
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) March 3, 2015
Pahlaj Nihalani, the censor board chief has very special definitions of a “good film”. Nihalani has previously said a good film is “one that can be viewed with the family.”
Dum Laga ke Haisha has a U/A certificate, which permits 'unrestricted public exhibition but with parental guidance.'
Updated Date: Mar 04, 2015 19:46:19 IST