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Vishal Bhardwaj cuts the 'B-words' to get U/A certification for Rangoon


Bhardwaj's romantic war drama has received a U/A certification in return for some verbal cuts and replacements.

Shriram Iyengar

Shooting the intense war scenes for Rangoon might have proved easier for Vishal Bhardwaj, than convincing the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on the scenes. Thankfully, the director has got a U/A certification for his Saif Ali Khan-Kangana Ranaut-Shahid Kapoor-starrer which is set to be released on 24 February. 

Bastard and Bakchod are among the derogatory words that have been replaced in the film, as a price for the certificate. The words have been replaced by 'rascal' and 'bakchor' respectively. Another word that has been cut is 'Chinal' (slut) which has now been replaced by 'jhoothi' (liar). This is fairly light on the CBFC's part as the film has escaped any major cuts in order to achieve the U/A certification.

This continues to raise the questions on the consistency of the CBFC process. However, the CBFC has previously allowed the use of 'bastard' in its literal sense. In Karan Malhotra's Brothers (2015), Sidharth Malhotra's character was described as a 'bastard'. In Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor's Befikre (2016), the term 'slut' was used in a dialogue for Vaani.

A war film set in the 40s, Rangoon focusses on the romantic triangle between Khan, Ranaut and Shahid's characters. The film's trailer also promises some steamy kisses and violence. However, there have been no reports of these scenes being cut. Spotboye.com quoted a source saying, "Rangoon is a very bold film but at no stage does it cross the line. The scenes rise to a daring level but smartly cease at a point, leaving us with no reason to induct any cuts."

Bhardwaj, though, might be used to this experience, as his films like Dedh Ishqiya (2014), Haider (2014), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) had to undergo verbal cuts for certification. For now, Bhardwaj's Rangoon is scheduled to be released in theatres on 24 February with a U/A certificate.