Did Censor Board Ask for Blurring of Alcohol Glasses from a Hollywood Film?
The Censor Board chief clears the air about a story that drew a sharp reaction from the likes of Farhan Akhtar
A story on a leading mainstream portal drawing attention to the hypocrisy and outdated mores of the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has drawn a sharp rebuttal from the CBFC’s Regional Officer Tushar Karmakar. Reacting to a viral report accusing the CBFC of blurring alcohol glasses in the on-release Hollywood sports drama Ford Versus Ferrari, Karmakar said to this writer, “This is completely baseless. No such cut was mentioned by the CBFC in its communication to the Applicant when we asked for modifications.”
And what are the modifications that the CBFC asked for? Muted replacement of the words ‘sons of w*****’, ‘f*******’. ‘A*******’ wherever they occur. Insert anti-smoking disclaimer and spot ads in the beginning and in the middle and the static message, ‘Tobacco kills 80 lac people a year’ wherever smoking occurs. These are all the changes that the CBFC has asked for in Ford & Ferrari.
Where and how did this story of wine glasses being blurred whenever Matt Damon and Christian Bale feel like a drink in Ford & Ferrari, come from? Free re-release publicity for the film, perhaps? The fake news worked. Farhan Akhtar tweeted angrily against the CBFC, “The day is not far when they’ll just have the script read out in theatres. Why the Indian adult is treated like a delinquent who can’t think for him/herself or tell right from wrong is beyond me!!”
Save your breath for another day.