Scoop: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo pulled for its language by Censors


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Who would have thought that Sooraj Barjatya’s cinema, known for its vegetarian aesthetics would be pulled for its language before being granted a censor certificate?

This is exactly what happened when Sooraj Barjatya’s latest film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP) was submitted for a censor certificate on Friday afternoon.

Says a well-informed source, “The Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) granted Prem Ratan Dhan Payo a ‘U’ certificate, but asked for three cuts. The word ‘Chinar’ (used to describe an immoral woman or a mistress) was used twice in the dialogues. The CBFC asked for the word to be removed and replaced by a less derogatory word. Women will not be referred to in disparaging tones even if Sooraj Barjatya’s films are known to respect women.”

The other cut was made on religious grounds. A line from a song was removed to ensure it doesn’t hurt religious sentiments.

Says the source, “There is a lengthy antakshari sequence during a ‘Ram Leela’ performance in the film where the line Maar diya jaay ke chhod diya jaye was used. The CBFC could not allow a frivolous line to break into the feeling of religious fervor. That line was removed. These minor changes apart, PRDP sailed smoothly through the censors.”

Online Source

The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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