The statement comes days after actor Farhan Akhtar took to social media to complain about the 'blurred images' on screen.
Prasoon Joshi clarifies CBFC never asked Ford vs Ferrari filmmakers to blur alcohol bottles, glasses
Mumbai - 21 Nov 2019 13:00 IST
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi has issued a clarification about the ongoing debate of whether the board asked the makers of the Hollywood film Ford vs Ferrari (2019) to blur out images of alcohol bottles and glasses in the film. The lyricist and chairperson of the CBFC said in a statement that the board had "never asked the makers of Ford v Ferrari to blur any shots in the film".
The issue was raked up on social media after several viewers of James Mangold's latest film complained of scenes with blurred images of bottles as the film rolled on.
How can #CBFC be so silly? Blurring out Alcohol glasses & bottles lined up in a bar in #FordVsFerrari so crudely it spoils the aesthetic of the scene! No wonder People are migrating to OTT platforms. https://t.co/NxNTKBTwpL— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) November 18, 2019
Just saw @FordvFerrari and can't get over it...Christan Bale has once again proved that he can get into the skin of any character, so effortlessly.— Abhishek Jain (@cinemanabhishek) November 15, 2019
The most irritating part of the film was the Blurs by our own CBFC. Why?? As if blurring the alcohol bottles will resolve anything!
Even actor Farhan Akhtar complained about the issue on his social media feed.
The day is not far when they’ll just have the script read out in theatres.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) November 13, 2019
Why the Indian adult is treated like a delinquent who can’t think for him/herself or tell right from wrong is beyond me!! https://t.co/Enwi0cBepu
In response, CBFC chief issued a statement denying the board's involvement or instruction in this matter. In a statement to Firstpost.com, Joshi said that the decision to blur out the images was taken "voluntarily by the makers".
He added, "To mindlessly assume, comment and attempt to drag into controversy without any substantiation is disappointing and uncalled for. Especially so when CBFC as a responsible organisation over the last years has worked sincerely to ensure that a fine and fair balance is maintained."
Prasoon Joshi, Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification: CBFC never asked the makers of 'Ford v Ferrari' to blur any shots in the film. I am disappointed with those who propagated false news that CBFC has asked for blurring shots in the movie. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/1BET2pLj6a— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2019
While the CBFC guidelines do not expressly state that images of alcohol need to be blurred, sub-section 2 of section 5(B) of the Cinematograph Act of India, does lay down rules against 'justifying or glorifying drinking are not shown'.
The guidelines also read out rules against 'encourage, justify or glamorise' scenes of tobacco consumption and drug addiction. CBFC has already issued a diktat for warnings to be carried on screen every time a character is shown smoking.