Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 3 Asked to Remove 'Offensive' Visuals
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Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 3 Asked to Remove 'Offensive' Visuals

Dabangg 3 has been asked to remove some visuals by a religious fringe group but the Censor Board is unlikely to comply

Religious intolerance gets a  new  definition this week as  a fundamentalist organization has asked the  Central Board  Of  Film Certification (CBFC) or Censor Board to remove visuals  of Sadhus dressed as gods dancing  with Salman  Khan to the sound  of Hud Hud Dabangg. Dabangg 3 will release at the end of December and it is the sequel to the hugely successful Dabangg series.

Says  the  Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, a fundamentalist religious organization,  “If the movie happens to be on the lines of what we have seen in the trailer, it is extremely shocking depiction of Hindu deities and saadhus and also goes at great lengths to humiliate and poke fun at the basic foundations of Sanatana Dharma.”

However,  it is unlikely  that the  aforementioned  visuals  will be removed  from the  film. A  source close to  Dabangg 3  says, “The  song  and its  visuals have been cleared  by  the censor board. There  is nothing scandalous  or improper about Sadhus dancing. They do so  quite often in  real life. This is  one more example of  niche  religious  organizations trying to  gain publicity by fastening their fortunes to a huge franchise. There  will be no compromise on  this issue.”

Sources say director Prabhudheva who has also choreographed  the song is trying to wrap his head around the controversy. “During  the Ram Leela and Dussehra there’s  a tradition of folks dressed  up as the Gods  singing and dancing. How  is this wrong?” wonders a source close to Prabhudheva. So far neither the director nor the actors have issued a statement on the issue.
The CBFC is unlikely to entertain the  demand  of the fundamentalists. Whether it is just a publicity stunt to ride on the bandwagon of a successful film or a genuine request remains to be seen.

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