By Devyani Nandy
It seems the CBFC’s 68-day rule for getting films certified is infinitely mouldable . Just barely two weeks after CBFC declared it won’t break the 68-day rule, films are allegedly being cleared out of turn .
The latest film to get VIP treatment is Walt Disney’s Coco, an animation film all set to be released in two languages which was initially denied certification on time for release, but has now in an overnight move, been granted clearance.
A source in the know informs, “The film is being viewed by the censor board even as we speak now(Wednesday afternoon). Initially , after the 68-day certification-period was implemented it seemed impossible that Coco would get certified in time for its release onDecember 24. Then we don’t know what happened. Suddenly the film was up for the censor board’s scrutiny on Wednesday. We believe Mr Aamir Khan who shares a very long and strong relationship with the CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had a hand in the decision.”
Aamir and Disney, the Coco producers, go back a long way. Dangal his 2016 blockbuster was co-produced by Disney.