In a fresh new controversy, the CBFC has demanded cuts in Indian-origin Australian filmmaker Anupam Sharma's 2015 release, 'UnIndian', starring former Australian cricketer Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee in the lead, for its apparent mature content.
Reportedly, the censor board led by Pahlaj Nihalani, has demanded the removal of a 65 sec long love-making scene.
Speaking on the censor board's decision filmmaker Anupam Sharma told Mumbai Mirror,
"It is a beautiful scene where they make love for the first time. At the same time, Tannishtha's parents are watching a spiritual leader on TV speak about opening your chakras. The music escalates as the sequences set in the two different settings unfold. It is artistically shot but the Indian Censor Board wants it to be cut."
However, the title, 'UnIndian', inspired from the popular Australian slang, 'UnAustralian' has been untouched.
He further elaborated on the scene and told Mumbai Mirror,
"We have been asked to only show Lee's side profile and not his back and to remove the spiritual context. That's like ripping off the film's heartbeat."
The 2015 release which made its way to the Cannes Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival, before opening in Australia in 2015, portrays the unusual love story of a teacher and divorced Indian single-mom.