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Akshat Varma’s Kaalakaandi Ordered A Record-Breaking 73 Cuts By CBFC



Writer Akshat Varma who served up an orgy of profanities in his  screenplay of Delhi Belly is back with a new film Kaalakaandi , this time as both writer and  director.

The Central Board  Of Film Certification(CBFC) has ordered  as many as 73 cuts in Kaalakaandi. This staggering  number of deletions is a record of sorts.

A shell-shocked  source from the CBFC commented, “Kaalakaandimakes Delhi Belly look like a  Disney film. When Delhi Belly was released there were waves of shock and disbelief among the public at the torrent  of profanities . But Kaalakaandi sets an all-new benchmark of expletives. We at the CBFC heard gaalis that we had never heard of and never imagined existed. The film is a  dictionary of dirty abuses. I am  sure it will prove highly educational  if the cuts are restored.”

Interestingly Saif Ali Khan who is part of  the Kaalakandi cast had ushered in the era of fearless profanities in  Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkara. This was the first film  in which Hindi cusswords were liberally allowed.

Now , if the stunned sources at CBFC are to be believed, another Saif starrer  has just set a new record in profanities.

It remains  to be seen whether the Tribunal will upturn the CBFC’s decision to allow the profanities to be retained.

Delhi Belly was allowed more than  its fair share of abuses, and Aamir Khan being the producer surely helped the film get way with its lewd language.

But who will come to the rescue of Kaalaakandi, as  for now, the scissors have come down heavily on its colourful content.

Says the outgoing CBFC chairpersoin, ​

” Since I am no longer there to censor films the makers  of Kaalaakandi can happily go to the Revising Commitee and get all the cuts restored. They now have very liberal  board members  who I am sure would do justice to whatever  comes  to them.


Sources say Prasoon Joshi’s entry  would not make  any notable  change in the policy decisions  of  the CBFC and the current situation  of  going strictly by  the guidelines given  to  the CBFC  is  expected to  continue until   the changes suggested by Shyam Benegal’s committee are implemented.

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