NOT another 'Udta Punjab'! 'Aiyaary' gets CBFC clearance, to release on Feb 16

Neeraj Pandey's Aiyaary gets the CBFC and Defense Ministry nod

Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee, finally got the Censor Board of Film Certification clearance on Tuesday. The film, set against the backdrop of the Indian Army, was stalled last week because the Defense Ministry wanted to review it. After the Censor Board clearance, the movie will now release on February 16, avoiding clash with Akshay Kumar’s PadMan.

Director Neeraj Pandey shared a tweet last evening sharing the news, thanking the CBFC and Ministry of Defence:

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Apparently, the movie was reviewed by the Ministry of Defence, on the insistence of the Censor Board. And after suggesting a few changes, the MoD gave a green signal to the movie, as per the Indian Express.

Sharing his happiness over the clearance and getting a final release date, actor Manoj Bajpayee also shared a tweet:


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Aiyaary is inspired from true events. It is a story of an Army officer (portrayed by Siddharth Malhotra) gone rogue, who decides to leak confidential defense secrets of the country, while another one (Manoj Bajpayee) tries to bring him on the right path. Initially, the movie was supposed to be released on Republic Day, but with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-anticipated Padmaavat releasing ahead of it, the makers decided to postpone it to February 9. Crossing the final hurdle, the film will now see the light of the day on February 16.