The most talented editor of our country has made headlines yet again. This time, for giving an explanation as ridiculous as any of Sajid Khan’s scripts.
Befikre is set to hit the screens this Friday as director Aditya Chopra tries to show the beauty of Europe behind the curtains of cliched romance for the nth time in his movies.
This movie boasts 23 kisses and it is Adi Chopra’s way of saying that he has moved on from the medieval idea of Bollywood romance.
And who gets an instant boner on seeing intimate scenes in a movie? The Central Board of Film Certification headed by the very Sanskari Pahlaj Nihalani.
Pahlaj Nihalani was all over the place when he did not let Punjab fly with all those cuts. He also went on to ban a kissing scene in a James Bond movie. That’s like banning a takes-off-the-shirt scene from a Bhai’s flick.
The CBFC was also heavily involved in Tamasha and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. How can you possibly find something vulgar or obscene in an Imtiaz Ali masterpiece?
However, this time, the chief has been bipolar as fuck and has not banned a single scene out of the 23 kisses in Befikre. Now, when someone whose Sanksari levels are higher than Alok Nath tries to pull off an Emraan Hashmi, it becomes suspicious.
DNA did the honours of figuring out the reason behind this bipolarity and Pahlaj Nihalani has never been this ridiculous. He said,
“Firstly, there is a difference in the intention and purpose of the kisses in Befikre and the ones you mention in the earlier films (Tamasha, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil). Those earlier kisses were very intimate and sexual in nature, and also shot in lingering close-ups. In Befikre the kisses are used as signs of affection warmth and kinship. And they are not shot in close-ups. That makes a helluva difference in terms of impact.”
Mr. Nihalani further continued,
“I feel Befikre reflects a global attitude to public affection. Aditya Chopra has made a film that will appeal to young people all across the world regardless of creed, class, culture, colour and race. In that sense Befikre is not reflective of Indian values per se . It’s not a mirror of the Indian middle-class sanskaar. It’s more about how the young, even young Indians, behave when they are abroad and are brought up with different values.”
Wait for it. The end is legen…dary.
“See, in India kissing in public is still taboo. But in Paris, it’s openly done.It’s an accepted form of affection not just for couples in love but also a form greeting between two friends when they meet .We can’t apply our own cultural rules to people outside.”
And, it’s a wrap.