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CFBC wants foul words used against women in Hindi Medium chopped

Pahlaj Nihalani cites CBFC’s zero tolerance policy towards any abuse against women on film.

Mayur Lookhar

Mind your language, especially while speaking to women. Pahlaj Nihalani-led Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had asked the makers of Hindi Medium to chop off cuss words — saali, haraamz***i, k****a — used against women. Buzz has it that CBFC asked the makers to chop the words if they wanted a ‘U’ certificate for their film.

“We have zero tolerance for verbal or physical violence against women. The terms that you are referring to won’t be allowed against women even if the film is certified by us as ‘Adults Only,” Nihalani told BollywoodHungama.com entertainment website.

Director Saket Chaudhary confirmed to Cinestaan.com that the CBFC had indeed asked them to chop the cuss words.  

“Yes, it is true. We basically had two choices — either keep the words and take the U/A certificate or chop them and get the U certificate. If you get a U certificate then it (CBFC’s request) was not unreasonable. Besides, this was no big issue. The chopped words don’t take anything away from the film,” said Chaudhary.

Rumour has it that the CBFC was instructed by the ministry of information & broadcasting  to get rid of all signs of verbal and physical violence against women even if it is a film about domestic violence.

Directed by Chaudhary, Hindi Medium is a story of parents' obsession to get their daughter admitted to an English medium school. The film stars Irrfan Khan, Pakistan actress Saba Qamar and child actor Dishita Sehgal.