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Censor Says No To Calling  A Woman A ‘Bitch’, Replaced by ‘Buddhi’

The CBFC guidelines under the chairmanship of its new helmerPrasoon Joshi are getting clearer now.

Apparently Joshi who stays away from the process of certification and lets the CBFC board members do their job(unlike his predecessor Pahlaj Nihalani who was far more hands-on) has made it very clear that an ‘A’ certificate means that the content no matter how sexually aggressive, remains untouched as long as women are not demeaned  or ridiculed.

 Director Ananth Mahadevan whose erotic thriller Aksar 2 went to the CBFC this week came away largely unscathed with all the skin show and smooching intact.Even the word ‘fuck’ was allowed.

Only  ‘bitch’ was  asked to be removed.

Mahadevan has replaced it with the word ‘buddhi’(old hag), though  it’s not clear how calling a woman a ‘hag’is less insulting than calling her  a  ‘bitch’

Says  Mahadevan, “I think in all fairness the viewing committee has taken a  very mature view of our film giving it a clean ‘A’ certificate without major cut.”

 According to the director,the logic  offered by the   CBFC for allowing ‘fuck’ and  disallowing ‘bitch’ was this:  “The ‘F’  word  is used as a swear and not to suggest the sex act. As far as the the word ‘bitch’ is  concerned the board members felt  it was derogatory to a lady hence better to replace it. Come to think of it, I love dogs too much to use ‘bitch’ as an insult.”

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