The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has given a U/A certificate to Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon after few verbal cuts. According to reports, the board has asked makers to replace the words ‘Bakchod’ and ‘Bastard’ from the Shahid Kapoor-Saif Ali Khan-Kangana Ranaut starrer. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Bhardwaj can definitely breathe a sigh of relief after this.
Chaired by Pahlaj Nihalani, CBFC is said to replace ‘Bastard’ with ‘Rascal’ and ‘Bakchod’ with ‘Bakchor’. While the makers would breathe a little sigh of relief, the omission of ‘Bastard’ could spark a new controversy. Apparently, the board is fine with the word, if used in a literal sense. For example, in Karan Malhotra’s Brothers, the CBFC allowed the use of the word since Siddharth essayed the role of Jackie Shroff’s illegitimate son in the film.
The CBFC has also recommended the replacement of ‘Chinal’—word crudely translated to slut—with ‘jhhothi’ (liar).
Taking into account the previous occasions, the CBFC has mercilessly truncated words and scenes from movies; this decision, by far, seems better than them.
Set in pre-independence era, Rangoon is a love triangle of the three principal characters. Kangana plays the role of an actress, Saif that of a filmmaker and Shahid, a soldier. In a recently released behind the scene video, the actors revealed few ideas about their characters. While talking about her role, Kangana—who is already making the right noises because of her portrayal—said:
Rangoon is essentially a love triangle. It’s about three people. Julia has been extremely challenging and very testing to do –physically, mentally and emotionally, but gratifying.
The movie will release on 24th February.