Zero: SRK, Aanand L Rai make around 20 cuts to shorten run time of romantic drama
Shah Rukh Khan and Aanand l Rai were of the opinion that the film ought to be shorter in order to ensure more shows at multiplexes
Shah Rukh Khan and Aanand L Rai are ensuring that the best version of their big-ticket Zero's is brought before audiences.
The actor-cum-producer and his team had earlier submitted an edited version of the film which had six cuts. The Central Board of Film Certification agreed with it and granted Zero the U/A certificate. But, the makers reportedly submitted a fresh, abbreviated version of the film on Wednesday morning which was then passed by the board. Reports state that Khan was of the opinion that the film ought to have a crisper narrative which could be achieved with a shorter run time.
After watching the initial screening of Zero earlier in the week, the CBFC proposed a few minor changes, informed a trade source. In a particular scene with Shah Rukh and his co-stars, the word 'pichhwade' was asked to be replaced with 'jigar'. Words like 'haraamzaade' and 'haraami' were requested to be muted.
After the clearance, Zero was ready to be shown to audiences. However, Khan later revisited the version to make as many as 20 cuts to the film to reduce the run time. "So they went back to the editing table and snipped several scenes, including one where Shah Rukh is seen consuming alcohol, and a wedding sequence. They trimmed it by five minutes, and the run time now stands at 159 minutes," added the source.
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