The censor board has run into enough controversy over the last few months, with Ms. Leela Samson resigning because of MSG and the new chief Mr. Pahlaj Nihalani openly sporting his love for BJP and making not so comforting comments about his idea of censoring Indian cinema.
At the centre of the latest row is Mihir Joshi’s song ‘ Sorry ‘, because the censors apparently muted out the word ‘Bombay’ from the song.
For everyone who was wondering about the censor certificate. Have a look. Just got it from Times Music. #Bombay pic.twitter.com/Vf10PqLLEQ— Mihir Joshi (@mihirjoshimusic) February 2, 2015
Going by the date on the certificate, it seems that it was during Leela Samson’s time that the ‘muting’ was done. Ironically, it is Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi’s tweet which implicitly indicts Leela Samson, while asking a valid question.
Why is the CBFC chairman quiet abt this? Why can’t the BJP infested committee overturn the Bombay decision, if taken by the earlier members?— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) February 2, 2015
This controversy spilled over onto the social media platforms with many questioning and mocking the move to edit the word ‘Bombay’ out from the song.
Dear Censor Board, Can you mute/beep Gautam Singhania’s promoted tweets? Because, Bombay Dyeing.— MegaloRattyiac (@YearOfRat) February 2, 2015
Some took a slightly more sincere tune in helping the board out:
Two profanities in this one… #Bombay & #High pic.twitter.com/q1Ekt7VBsy— Sarvatra-gam 52 (@sarvatragam) February 1, 2015
Of course, the prediction of a post-Nihalani dystopian Indian cinema.
If #Bombay word is not acceptable to censor board then hope @SunnyLeone ‘s films will not get any certificate at all.— Kamaal R Khan-KRK (@kamaalrkhan) February 1, 2015
And stock up, lest we run dry.
Days are numbered. Drink up! #Bombay #BombaySapphire pic.twitter.com/B72bWwFF2I— Ankita Chaudhuri (@oink_ch) February 2, 2015
And when sometimes, the craziest tweets just make such profound sense.
insted of benning “Bombay”, “chandigudh” shuold be bannd. in dat way, huni sengh wuold stahp roiting moer songz #win— Norinder Mudi (@NorinderMudi) February 1, 2015
Whatever be the case, Leela Samson is more than responsible for the editing. The new chief should at least change the censor’s stance this issue.
Of course, the way he seems to be headed, there are bound to be many things which may indeed go wrong in the future, much worse than editing the name out of a song.
Meanwhile, adorable foreign ignorance.
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