If it was not for some scenes of rioting and violence shown during the Partition of India into two countries, leading to the creation of Pakistan, Ali Abbas Zafar’s eagerly awaited Bharat, scheduled to hit the screens this Eid (JUne 5), would have received a ‘U’ certificate. The ‘UA’ does take away a slice of Salman’s audience: the young children below 12 who are likely to flock with friends to Salman’s films every Eid. A ‘UA’ certification means children below 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
However, the ‘UA’ is fine with the film’s team. Bharat, apparently was loved by the Central Board Of Film Certification. A source from the CBFC informs, “Prasoon Joshiji himself attended the first screening and we all thought it was a wonderful film.”
Joshi’s personal attendance of a censor screening is a rare occurrence reserved only for special or potentially controversial films. Most censor screenings are chaired by CBFC CEO Tushar Karmakar. Raves the CBFC source, “Bharat is a true work of art. Some of us thought it was Salman’s career’s best. Bharat is a film that does the country proud. We certified the film without any cuts.”
The CBFC source says the producers of Bharat returned voluntarily for a second time. “They cut about 10 minutes of the film. I think they found it to be excessively lengthy. So they had to come back.”
Censor rules demand that every addition or cut no matter how big or small, means the film must be certified again. Explaining the double censoring of Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar says, “Earlier we got the film censored on the longer cut, as the new censorship rules have a deadline for applying for certification way in advance.”
Bharat is already one of the most awaited films of the year. It co-stars Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani along with Salman Khan who will be seen in the role of a lifetime.