Homophobic censor board? CBFC muted the word lesbian from Dum Laga ke Haisha
It is said that films are the mirror of the society. Whatever we watch on-screen is in some or the other way inspired from the real life.
In times when people are fighting for homosexual rights in the country and protesting against Article 377, the censor board has once again showed its regressive approach and proved that may be the members of the board are living in another century.
A picture of the censor board certificate of Yash Raj Films’ Dum Laga Ke Haisha is doing the rounds on internet. According to the picture, the board had muted the word ‘lesbian’ from the film.
The certificate is signed by board’s head Pahlaj Nihlani.
We are not sure what was the reason behind asking to mute the word ‘lesbian’ from the film. Are the board memebers living a life of ignorance and want us also to do so or they think this word will mislead some young minds when in reality they are the ones who are clearly missing the right direction.
According to a NDTV report, the makers of Dum Laga Ke Haisha were also asked to change the word Haramkhor to kathor. The other words which were used as replacements in the film are thenga (for ghanta), chhichoripana (for haramipana) and galli ke pille (for haram ke pille).
Reportedly, the word ‘lesbian’ was suppose to be used in the court scene where Sandhya’s (Bhumi Pednekar) younger brother asks his mom, ‘Mummy, kahin didi lesbian toh nahi hoti jaa rahi?‘.
According to filmmaker Sharat Katariya, he was told by the censor board that word ‘lesbian’ is being said by a kid is not ‘appropriate’ and therefore they have decided to mute the word even though it isn’t a cuss word.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is the latest film to have word(s) muted and/or altered after Central Board of Film Certification came up with a list of 28 cuss words that filmmakers cannot use in their movies. Even Badlapur and NH10 had to abide by this censor board word list.
This word list has been a great source of concern for Bollywood filmmakers. Last month, leading Bollywood filmmakers met senior functionaries of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to discuss the issue.
A well-placed source said that during the long meeting, several members of the board opposed the move to impose such a ban. One such censor board member, Ashoke Pandit, who has openly condemned this word ban spoke out in favour of Dum Laga Ke Haisha and wrote:
Pahlaj Nihalani, the censor board chief has very special definitions of a “good film”. Nihalani has previously said a good film is “one that can be viewed with the family.”
Dum Laga ke Haisha has a U/A certificate, which permits ‘unrestricted public exhibition but with parental guidance.’