Miracles do happen. No further proof of this is required than the swiftness with which the new Salman Khan starrer Race 3 was cleared by the Censor Board Of Film Certification(CBFC) in less than 24 hours.
This, despite the CBFC rule that films need to be submitted 65 days in advance. Says a source in the know, “That rule has been bent repeatedly for different films including for Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai. Now for Race 3, the producers approached CBFC on Wednesday. The film was cleared with a ‘UA’ by Thursday afternoon, despite a few minor verbal modification that the Examination Committee demanded.”
Clearance of a film at such a short notice despite modifications is quite rare. Apparently the recently-appointed I &B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has instructed the CBFC to clear films as fast as possible and with as few cuts as possible. “This is why the masturbation sequence in Veere Di Wedding which has been censored in several Middle Eastern countries was allowed to stay in India. Mr Rathore has recommended a hands-off policy for the CBFC,” reveals an informed source.
In the past, films have been stuck rather notoriously at the Censors’ table leading to losses and heartburn for the makers.