Nawazuddin Siddiqui‘s upcoming film Babumoshai Bandookbaaz has been in headlines as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) ordered 48 cuts on the film along with ‘A’ certificate. The case worsen when the female producer of the film revealed the kind of remarks she received during her meeting with the Board. Instead of taking the film to CBFC’s revising committee, the makers of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz took the film for review to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which rescued Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha, a few months ago. Babumoshai Bandookbaaz writer Ghalib Asad Bhopali told news agency, “When our film director Kushan Nandy went to CBFC for the certification, (CBFC Chairperson) Pahlaj Nihalani said, ‘You can go to Revising Committee, but we will double the cuts’. So, there’s no point of going through that,”
Ghalib Asad Bhopali later added, “We are expecting justice for our film and I am sure it will be a fair judgment because the panelists of the Tribunal come from different walks of life. On the other hand, in CBFC, there are five members from the same socio-cultural background and, therefore, their approach towards the understanding of judging a film and sentiments of our audience is not wide. I think FCAT has better representatives than CBFC and, therefore, we hope for a better judgment”.
Producer Kiran Shroff told a news source that a female member of the board was startled that she, being a woman produced a film twined with blunt scenes to which another male Board member said: ‘How can she be a woman as she is wearing a pant and shirt?’ “I was stunned,” said Kiran Shroff.
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui stars Bidisha Bag, Divya Dutta, and Murli Sharma and will release on August 25.
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