Farhan Akhtar, Atul Kasbekar call out CBFC for censoring alcohol glasses in ‘Ford v Ferrari’
CBFC clashes with the film fraternity over blurring alcohol glasses in Matt Damon-starrer ‘Ford v Ferrari’.
The Indian film fraternity, however, didn’t like the intervention. Actor Farhan Akhtar was one of the first ones to speak out and express his displeasure at the move. “The day is not far when they’ll just have the script read out in theatres,” said the ‘Rock On!!’ star in his tweet.
The day is not far when they’ll just have the script read out in theatres. Why the Indian adult is treated like a… https://t.co/q5H8K2EqW5— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) 1573629248000
Film-maker and photographer, Atul Kasbekar, called the move ‘cringeworthy’.
@aktalkies That’s just hypocrisy at another level altogether Cringeworthy— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) 1573575393000
Several other users took to Twitter to counter the CBFC’s narrative. Some users argued that blurring alcohol draws unnecessary attention to it. One of the users jokingly suggested to label the beer bottle ‘gau-mutra’.
@aktalkies as if blur karne se log peene nahi wale— Ankit Desai (@ankitrajdesai) 1573575960000
@NotSoSnob @aktalkies main tau bolu they shd start blurring the actor's faces too. why should we have white western… https://t.co/4wrKWrGhmu— Suhail (@tweepul) 1573546809000
@aktalkies Hahahahahaha hahahahahaha hahahahahaha hahahahahaha chalo we should start labelling the bottle gau-mutra then.— somen mishra (@NotSoSnob) 1573544390000
@aktalkies Ya. Because once they blur we don’t know they are drinking alcohol. In fact, it attracts more undeservin… https://t.co/UXnnRyFSHr— lionel fernandes (@lionfer) 1573553050000
Indian Censor Board In the upcoming Christian Bale - Matt Damon starrer #FordvFerrari, CBFC has instructed the… https://t.co/0IK7BoIOTf— Christopher Kanagaraj (@Chrissuccess) 1573701957000
While the CBFC officials are yet to comment on the development, this is not the first time that the board has found itself in hot water over censoring alcohol in films.
Earlier in August, CBFC had came under scrutiny for blurring a beer brand in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’. Later, several users had pointed out on Twitter, that the brand was fictional.
However, it is not just the international films that have to face stringent cuts from the board. CBFC drew major flak from Bollywood actors and cinemagoers in 2016, when the film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ released. Shahid Kapoor-starrer ‘Udta Punjab’ too, faced 99 cuts from the CBFC. At that time too, Farhan Akhtar had protested.
“Power is the most dangerous addiction of all & someone in the CBFC seems to be tripping hard on Lassi in the Sky with Diamonds. #UdtaPunjab,” he had tweeted back in 2016.
‘Ford v Ferrari’ will hit the Indian theaters on November 15 amid the censorship row.