The trailer of Kangana Ranaut’s latest Bollywood outing, “Simran”, has won over netizens. The film is in news for quite some time now. First it was the entire spat with writer Apoorva Asrani who had alleged that Kangana Ranaut has usurped his script and wrongfully taken co-writing credit for the film. Then, some reports suggested “Simran” director Hansal Mehta was not happy with Kangana Ranaut talking about her personal life more than the film at interviews during the promotions of the film.
After Kangana’s uncensored session at Aap Ki Adalat, now CBFC demands 10 cuts from “Simran”.
According to the reports the CBFC has ordered Mehta to do away with all the verbal profanities used in the film. The report states an unnamed source who claimed that Ranaut’s character [in the film] “speaks from the heart and talks first, thinks later”.
The CBFC stood firm on these cuts since they disallow scenes where women are being disrespected with any word or gesture in the film, and reportedly told the filmmakers to either take the cuts or lose precious time going to the Tribunal.
A source close to the developments tells DNA, “Derogating women by gesture or language will never be permissible under any guideline, be it Pahlaj or Prasoon.” Also, out is the word bast**d. A casual reference to the Muslim community has also been censored. However, the biggest issue was not the words but some of the sounds that the film had which were deemed too provocative, which was asked to be toned down. “The sound effect made the sex scene look far more provocative than it actually was. So, it was asked to be toned down,” says a source.
Even some of the scenes with violence left the censor board unimpressed. The sound in a violent scene showing a stinging slap has also been asked to be toned down. Dashing out the total of these 10 alterations in Simran, the makers will then be able to collect their U/A certificate for the film.
Ranaut plays the role of a Gujarati NRI who is a divorcee. She works in the housekeeping department of a hotel. As per the trailer, she is seen shop lifting, gambling and leading an independent life devoid of any inhibitions.
Simran stars Ranaut, Mark Justice, Sohum Shah, Esha Tewari Pande and Aneesha Joshi. It is co-produced by Bhushan and Krishan Kumar’s T-Series Films and Hansal Mehta’s Karma Pictures. The film is slated to release on 15 September.