Superstar Rajinikanth's latest release "Kabali," released worldwide on July 22, has opened to a mixed response from the audience. The Pa. Ranjith-directed action thriller is said to have disappointed few audience who couldn't see the mass avatar of the superstar unlike his usual movies filled with punchy dialogues and style. However, the film is said to have few violent scenes, which have been pointed out by the audience in connection with the censorship of the film.
For those who do not know, despite having certain gory scenes, "Kabali" has bagged a 'U' certification from the regional censor board, thus getting awarded with 30% tax exemption by the Tamil Nadu government. However, few viewers have commented asking how the Rajinikanth movie bagged the clean certification having such violent scenes in it.
"How did #Kabali get U certificate.. It has lot of violence, blood and gore.. It's a U/A movie.. Something is wrong somewhere. UK, UAE, Malaysia and Singapore censors were very strict in #Kabali censor and ratings.. Surprised at our Censor board giving "U".. #FAIL," industry tracker Ramesh posted on Twitter. Another social media user named Parameswaran Rajendran Murugiah has said that the makers have forgot to censor the subtitles of the thriller. "How the board censored some intense dialogues also but they forgot to censor the subtitles," he posted on Facebook.
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Question to censor board why U for #Kabali and A for #metro
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With such blatant violence & gang warfare #Kabali was surely not meant to be a U Certificate film. Certainly some shady censoring going on
#Kabali and its U certified by censor board. Awesome. Every kids must watch this U certified movie. Lol
With the latest response from the audience, the question "if makers did some foul play to bag the U certification for "Kabali" to get tax exemption," gets more attention. It has to be noted that most of Udhayanidhi Stalin movies get a 'U/A' certification from the regional censor board, while Suriya's "Anjaan" has bagged a clean 'U' certificate despite having scenes showing bikini-clad ladies and violent scenes.
However, the issues related to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) are not just in Tamil movies, it has become a hot topic of discussion in Bollywood and Mollywood as well with the recent Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt's "Udta Punjab" and Dulquer Salmaan's "Kammatipaadam." The makers of "Udta Punjab" were asked to do as many as 13 cuts in it by the censor board, but the Bombay High Court ordered to pass the film with just one recommended cut and 'A' certificate. Meanwhile, the Dulquer-starrer was awarded 'A' certificate for its overall mood and raised many an eyebrow.