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August 12, 2009 4:04:02 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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The Censor board has decided to flex its muscles and whether it is a small film like SHADOW or a biggie like KAMINEY, no one is going unnoticed when it comes to abusive language. At last count, there have been at least three films that have seen a word or two getting dubbed or beeped in the final cut.

The most recent and high profile censoring that has happened is for the film KAMINEY where Shahid Kapoor's voice has been beeped when he mouths the word 'har@@mi'. While he is allowed to utter words like 's@@le', 'kutte' and 'kaminey' in a single breath, Censors have felt that 'har@@mi' won't really be required in the scheme of things.

For lesser known film SHADOW, it is even worse. A harmless item number with the usual combination of babes and booze has been shown the red flag. So out go words like 'sharaab' and 'shabaab' with beeps adding on the musical notes of the song.

Film maker N. Chandra had made quite a few path breaking films during the early stages of his career a couple of decades back. His films like ANKUSH, PRATIGHAAT and TEZAAB had created history. Now when he attempts at making history once again with his yet another social flick YEH MERA INDIA, he has the sound of a 'beep' making its presence felt in the narrative. For one of the crucial dramatic scenes in the film, Purab Kohli screams that he is a spineless fellow and a g%^&*u. Naturally, you don't get to hear the word in the film.

It's clear that Censors are not allowing abusive language to go right under its nose and play on the big screen.


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