After awarding Rani Mukerji's "Mardaani" with A-certificate, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) axes Deepika Padukone's "I'm a virgin" dialogue from "Finding Fanny".
According to the latest reports, director Homi Adajania has been asked by the CBFC to edit the 'vulgar' line from his film.
Responding to the request, the director reportedly argued that the word 'virgin' was given freeway in Shah Rukh Khan-Preity Zinta's "Dil Se" (1998).
Interestingly, CBFC was of the opinion that in order to get his film a UA-certificate, he will have to remove the line. Getting A-certificate is usually a bad news for any film as it obstructs the box-office collection.
However, the "Cocktail" director's reasons didn't go down well with the board members. "We have a huge backlog of films, which need to be watched and certified, but those at the screenings are not always the ones who are supposed to do that job," Mumbai Mirror quoted Nandini Sardesai, Senior Board Member.
The situation turned worse when a CBFC officer (name withheld on request) revealed that Deepak, one of the members of the board, who censored the scene wasn't qualified to do so.
"Deepak, the officer who watched and censored the film, is not the right person to judge a cinema. He is not even an ARO (Assistant Regional Officer). He started out as a stenographer and claims to be the Personal Secretary to CEO (Rakesh Kumar) but is Personal Assistant to the Chairperson (Leela Samson)."
In his defense, Deepak said, although he oversaw the screening, the committee was also present.
Apart from the dialogue, a scene in which Dimple Kapadia's back that hold Pankaj Kapur's gaze, has also been asked to 'tone down'.
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With "Mardaani" failing to shine at box office for its certification, here's hoping "Finding Fanny" sails through and brings in enough revenue.