Even though Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor's Befikre is all about love, the common idea is that it is a film that comes with a lot of kisses and intimate scenes. The trailer, which features quite a few lip-locks, has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with no cuts and a U/A certificate.
One would call this strange because some of the upcoming releases have gone under the knife and important bits from the films have been asked to remove or be edited. But, censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has a sorted answer on why he let go the Befikre trailer without any edits.
He told SpotboyE that when the board is "strict with onscreen intimacy", there are questions raised, and when they are not, people still have an issue. "The images in Befikre are not about the kisses alone. It's about a whole lot of things, about love. The trailer shows kissing as a manifestation of love; it's not there for titillation," he elaborated.
Nihalani further said that the kissing scenes in Befikre are mostly long-shots, adding that it is the close-up shots that make kissing on screen look "overblown."
"There is a difference between showing intimacy discreetly and getting so worked up about it that the camera becomes voyeuristic. As to why the CBFC has chosen to be liberal with the trailer, it's because Aditya Chopra's aesthetic sense makes the kissing look natural, and not vulgar at all," he added.
Directed by Aditya Chopra, Befikre is scheduled to be released on December 9.