According to chairwoman Prasoon Joshi, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has directed the producers of the upcoming movie Pathaan starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone to make several modifications, especially to the songs, and submit a revised version.
The movie recently went through the proper and exhaustive evaluation procedure in accordance with the board’s rules before being submitted to the CBFC examination committee for certification.
Pathaan, directed by Siddharth Anand and starring John Abraham, is slated for theatrical release in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu in January 2023.
One of its songs, ‘Besharam Rang,’ which has gained popularity since it’s release, the court has now hit controversy since Deepika Padukone was wearing an orange bikini.
According to CBFC rules, Pathaan had a thorough examination, according to CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi. The committee has instructed the movie’s producers to incorporate the suggested modifications, including those to the songs, and submit the new cut before it is shown in theatres.
Joshi said that “CBFC is always committed to finding the right balance between creative expression and sensibility of the audience and believes that we can always find solutions through meaningful dialogue between all stakeholders.”
“Whilst the process is getting duly followed and implemented I must reiterate that our culture and faith is glorious, intricate, and nuanced. And we have to be careful that it does not get defined by trivia which takes the focus away from the real and the true. And like I have said earlier as well, that the trust between creators and audience is most important to protect and the creators should keep working towards it.”
On December 12, the song ‘Besharam Rang’ from the movie was released online, and it quickly gained popularity. While many people enjoyed the upbeat music, some considered the song offensive because of the saffron and green outfits. Many activists even organized a demonstration in Indore and burned the effigies of Deepika and Shah Rukh.
The usage of saffron costumes in the song ‘Besharam Rang’ was criticized by Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra in a statement to the media a few days after the song’s release. He said there were certain offensive moments in the movie and threatened to have Pathaan banned from Madhya Pradesh if they weren’t changed.
“The costumes in the song at first glance are objectionable. It is clearly visible that the song of the film ‘Pathaan’ has been shot with a dirty mindset.”
The second song from the movie ‘Jhoome Jo Pathaan,’ which was just released by Yash Raj Films, gained a tremendous amount of support from the audience.