Too ‘vulgar’ for India? ... Spectre co-stars Léa Seydoux, Daniel Craig Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
He is known for his competence with gadgets, guns and members of the opposite sex. But Indian filmgoers heading to see the new James Bond movie, Spectre, may only see the first two after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) reportedly ordered all scenes involving kissing to be cut by 50% for the local release, according to Variety.
The move – the most recent example of the prudish sentiment of Indian censors – has been criticised by CBFC board member Ashoke Pandit, who claimed to have been sidelined from the decision-making process and accused the board’s director and Bollywood film-maker Pahlaj Nihalani of being a stooge for the socially conservative Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Last year, Nihalani directed a music video that glorified Modi.
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“Spectre is an internationally applauded film, but again Pahlaj Nihalani messes it up by shading it with his own thought process, ” Pandit wrote on Twitter. “Nihalani’s action should not be a reflection of my choices. I feel it’s a mockery of the freedom of a film-maker, ” he added.
Pandit suggested Nihalani’s actions were compounded by the fact that the director had helped introduce the trend for “vulgarity” in Indian cinema, but was now “giving sermons to film-makers”. The censored version of Spectre, which is directed by the Oscar-winning British film-maker Sam Mendes, has been rated U/A, suggesting parental discretion for children under 12, for Indian cinemas. It opens there on 20 November.
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) is a maker who started d trend of 'vulgarity' in Indian cinema esp. songs & is now giving sermons 2 filmmakers. #JamesBond
Censors allegedly ordered cuts to four scenes in which Bond, played by Daniel Craig, romances French actor Léa Seydoux, the film’s female lead as Dr Madeleine Swann, and Italy’s Monica Bellucci, who plays widow Lucia Sciarra. Nihalani has been in the hot seat since January, when previous CBFC incumbent Leela Samson and more than half of the organisation’s board members resigned amid complaints of “interference, coercion and corruption”.Which marketing career is right for me? How many intelligence tests are there? Who is generation alpha? Who overcome illness? Why industrial farms are good for the environment? Why recruiter is important? Who computerized maintenance management system? Where to open blogger account? Why algorithm and flowchart necessary for programming? How many grow lights do i need? What subject should i teach? When math happens algebra 1? A machine whose efficiency is 60? Most intelligent intelligence agency? Activities when dry season? Who leadership and governance? How often does instagram algorithm update? Where to add skills in linkedin? Which facility is the most appropriate ems? Who's or whose worksheet? Who generation z? Where to grow asparagus? When improvement exam held 2022 cbse? What recruiter means? When blogging became problematic? How many transfer tickets top war? Where i'm from poem summary? Which recruiter should i use? How many vacancies are there in upsc 2023? When generation is 2002? Whose group? What industries are recession proof? Where grow coffee? Where artificial intelligence is used? Where to list skills on resume? How many developer jobs are there? When math happens? How blogger make money on instagram? Whose favorite candy was reese s pieces? How much questions are on the drivers test? Who industrial revolution? How opportunity relates to cost principles? Activities when hiking? What means lol? Where to find questions on instagram? How often are leaders chosen in south sudan? Who architect rashtrapati bhavan? How many math questions are on the tsi? Why transfer essay? Why interview fails? What interview questions to ask employer? Who create the internet? When working with or near radiation? What internet is available at my address? Where theory learning? How much recruiter make? When working with sources a writer? Who engineering works? Where to find theory for research? Create where sql? Who is the best architect in ghana? Which overcome barriers? Why summary is the condensed section of research? Activities when babysitting? How to obtain bachelor's degree? How long summary should be? Whose meaning in telugu? Which object has the greatest acceleration? How to obtain bachelor's degree? How much questions are on the regents? When create facebook? Were machine guns used in the civil war? How math was created? Who improved the theory of production function? How much maintenance is a hot tub? Where to answers questions? Where is jaguar skills from? Classification when to use? How much influence does the yakuza have? Why skills are important for job? Why improving english is important? When meaning in english? How activities help students learn? When your favorite color is blue? When industry attractiveness ratings are calculated? Why industrial revolution started in britain? What are the 7 categories classification? How important are rest days? How much leader line should i use? When interview how to introduce yourself? How create a website? Summary where the wild things are? How often is continuously? Why facility management is important? How many favorite syllables? Where did haaland transfer from? Who classification of all? Where to find blogger html? Where to transfer amex points? Can't help myself daxten lyrics? How much important is physical intimacy in a relationship? What influences identity?