No Long Kissing – ‘Spectre’ Gets Indian Makeover | Film News
Spectre is released today in India, but it won’t be quite the same film as was released elsewhere. The Indian Censor Board took the decision to edit the film by reducing kissing scenes and cutting certain swear words. These actions led to the ironic hashtag trending in India – #SanskariJamesBond (“Sanskari” translating from the Hindi as “virtuous“).
The controversial head of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Pahlaj Nihalani told AFP of the changes, “our work is for censoring the movie according to the rating of the film so we have done that“. However, Ashoke Pandit, a member of the board, told BBC Hindi that the changes seemed “like a joke” and “if you do this to a James Bond film, then it’s shameful“. One would have thought the home of Kama Sutra would be able to handle a long kiss here and there!
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