Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay has been granted the U/A certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Meanwhile, the Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil struggles with its release amid controversy encircling Pakistani actors. The Censor board did tweak the film a bit, making a total of 6 minor cuts, including a kissing and a shadowed lovemaking scene between Devgn and Erika Kaar in a tent.
Among the trimmed scenes are four action scenes which were deemed too gory for the screen. The Board had asked Devgn to dial the violence down and he obliged. The The other two cuts were verbal including inappropriate language used with words ‘Hindustani’ and ‘Shiv Ling’. The film has now been cleared by the Censor board and is all set for its release on October 28.
Ajay Devgn, who also stars in the lead in Shivaay, took to twitter to deliver the news himself, saying, “‘Shivaay’ has been certified U/A. CBFC was highly cordial and co-operative. Many thanks to Pahlaj Nihalaniji.” The film also stars Sayyeshaa Saigal, Erika Kaar, Vir Das and Girish Karnad. The film has been heavily promoted and seems and everything seems to be going well for Devgn’s directorial debut.
Shivaay will be competing with KJo’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil on the box office however, the controversy surrounding ADHM seems to only pave the way for Shivaay. ADHM, that stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, became the centre of controversy after a growing rift between Pakistan and India led to a ban on Pak artistes in the nation.
Earlier, MNS protests had invoked a ban on all Pak artistes by the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) working across the nation. Following the ban, many have opposed the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which has made its release troublesome, despite several celebrities coming out in support of the film’s release.