CENSORS become liberal, allow foul language in Bollywood filmsMarch 26th, 2009 - 10:17 am ICT by Sampurn Wire
By Joginder Tuteja
Out of the five movies which released over the weekend gone by, three of them had one thing in common - liberal usage of swear words. Whether it was STRAIGHT, FIRAAQ or BARAH AANA, each of the films had it’s protagonists using swear words in abundance. However, the surprising part was to hear the beep sound every now and then in BARAH AANA. So while Censors did allow STRAIGHT and FIRAAQ to retain the words in the final print, when it came to BARAH AANA, it was a different approach altogether.
Says a source from the unit of BARAH AANA on condition of anonymity, “The film had taken a realistic route and the words were not used for mere affect but because they went with the day to day language of the characters. There was nothing that was forced or added on just for the sake of it. However, we didn’t have any other alternative but to beep the words. The audience did eventually get the context but still such beeps do break the narrative.”
On the other hand, STRAIGHT and FIRAAQ were fortunate enough to have the words being retained. In case of FIRAAQ though, it is understandable since the film dealt with a real issue and the situations demanded a liberal use of cuss words belonging to the BC/MC variety.
However, what came as a surprise was to see the four letter F word being mouthed in at least a couple of scenes in STRAIGHT. Not just that, when Vinay Pathak is instigated by Gul Panag to give it back to the Brits who used foul language in abundance in one of the sequences (which incidentally was their first meeting), the former went on to show that he is ‘the real man’ by using the choicest of Indian expletives.
In fact if one looks at the releases in the month of March, Censors have indeed become liberal when it comes to usage of foul language. GULAAL which released a fortnight back didn’t leave anything to imagination when it came to cuss words and the entire dictionary was left wide open for characters to pick and choose! One wonders though why BARAH AANA didn’t get a similar treatment and instead suffered from a step-motherly treatment! -Sampurn Media
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