The Censor Board of Film Certification is yet to give a certificate to Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor starrer ‘Befikre’. Yash Raj Films had submitted the film two months before its release (9th December), but is yet to get a Censor Board nod.
A source close to the film revealed, “Everybody knows that Befikre has several kissing scenes. It is next to impossible to monitor those kisses according to the given guidelines. CBFC also knows that Befikre team can appeal to the Tribunal and get all the kisses passed. To avoid this embarrassing situation, the board intends to sit with Aditya Chopra and work out a reasonable middle-ground, so that all controversy, conflict and protest can be avoided.”
However, it seems CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani is in no mood to edit or remove the kissing scenes in ‘Befikre’. In a recent interview, Nihalani said, “The images in Befikre are not about the kisses alone. It’s about a whole lot of things, about love. The trailer shows kissing as a manifestation of love; it’s not there for titillation.” He praised Aditya Chopra’s direction and said, “All the kisses are in long shots. It’s only in close-ups that kissing on screen tends to look overblown. There is a difference between showing intimacy discreetly and getting so worked up about it that the camera becomes voyeuristic.”
The CBFC chief also offered an explanation why the kisses have not been chopped off. He said, “As to why the CBFC has chosen to be liberal with the trailer, it’s because Aditya Chopra’s aesthetic sense makes the kissing look natural and not vulgar at all.” (Seriously Mr Nihalani?) The first trailer of the film was passed with a U/A certificate in spite of the fact that it contained several kissing scenes between the lead pair.
We wonder if Nihalani is so liberal, then why did several other movies suffer with the CBFC and its procedure of editing the films!