The Censor Board of India has on many occasions asked several filmmakers to cut scenes from their movies. While sometimes those cuts are warranted, at other times, the changes asked for made little sense to both, the audience and the filmmakers.
Here are 9 Bollywood movies with the maximum number of cuts from the Censor Board:
1- Grand Masti: 218 Cuts
Indra Kumar’s sex comedy ‘Grand Masti’ underwent 218 cuts before its final release. Regional officer of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Rahul Vaidya has sent a show-cause notice to the makers asking them to effect 218 cuts for small screen viewing.
2- Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3: 150 cuts (including replacements and voluntary deletions)
Touted as India’s first porn-com, Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 released, albeit with no less than 150 cuts from the Censor Board!
3- Angry Indian Goddesses: 18 cuts
After opening at the Toronto Film Festival, Angry Indian Goddesses was initially denied a certification by the film board. The makers then shared voluntary cuts with the examining committee, in order to get a go-ahead for the release. The members of the Censor Board ordered as many as 18 cuts from the film. They have also specifically objected to the use of the image of Goddess Kali and words like ‘adivasi’, ‘sarkar’ and ‘Indian figure’.
4- Haider: 41 cuts
The film passed with a UA certificate but only after 41 cuts. Some of the scenes removed as per CBFC’s directive include, among others: the word `fu***d’, visuals of a burning body, corpses piled into a truck, Haider walking among corpses. However, some reports suggest that 35 of these 41 cuts were voluntary.
5- Lipstick Under My Burkha: 27 cuts
Lipstick Under My Burkha finally released in theatres after facing many trials and tribulations. The film “they didn’t want you to see” was reportedly released with 27 cuts. All the cuts are ironically alarming, precisely because there is nothing alarming about them.
6- Miss Lovely: Asked for 157 cuts initially, ultimately released with 4 cuts
Filmmaker Ashim Ahluwalia’s internationally acclaimed Miss Lovely released in India with an ‘A’ certificate, but without major changes in the content as the CBFC passed the film with only four cuts. The Censor Board originally proposed 157 cuts which have been revised over the course of one year.
7- Udta Punjab: Asked for 94 cuts initially, ultimately released with 1 cut
In 2016, CBFC asked for 94 cuts in Udta Punjab, including the demand for dropping the word ‘Punjab,’ something that’d defeat the point of the film itself. The producers Ekta Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap went to the Bombay High Court to get their film cleared and it ultimately ordered the release of the film with just one cut.
8- Mastizaade: 381 cuts
Mastizaade, the sex comedy starring Sunny Leone cleared with the A certificate and a whopping 381 cuts. The producer had voluntarily offered 349 cuts and 32 more were suggested by the CBFC.
9- Kaalakandi: 73 cuts
The Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) reportedly ordered as many as 73 cuts in Kaalakaandi. This staggering number of deletions is a record of sorts. However, while the film’s release was pushed to incorporate the cuts, it wasn’t specified if all of the suggested cuts were incorporated.