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Pathaan: CBFC asks the makers of Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer to implement 'changes' in the movie, including songs

Yash Raj Films, has been asked by the CBFC to submit a reworked version of Pathaan in accordance with board guidelines.

Pathaan: CBFC asks the makers of Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer to implement 'changes' in the movie, including songs
Pathaan: Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone (Source: Instagram)
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Last Updated: 09.57 AM, Dec 29, 2022

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According to Prasoon Joshi, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the film's makers have been told to make changes to Pathaan, which stars Shah Rukh Khan. As per board norms, the CBFC has requested that production company Yash Raj Films submit a revised version of the spy action thriller, Joshi said in a statement. He did not speak of the adjustments that were offered to the makers.

After the song Besharam Rang, which also features Deepika Padukone, was released on December 12, Pathaan found itself dealing with backlash and calls for a ban. Indians protested the song because of a scene in which Deepika is shown wearing a saffron bikini, which they claimed offended 'Hindu sentiments.'

The movie recently received certification from the CBFC examination committee. The movie underwent a full and thorough examination process in accordance with CBFC norms. "The committee has guided the makers to implement the advised changes in the film including the songs and submit the revised version prior to theatrical release,” Joshi said in a statement to PTI.

According to Joshi, the CBFC's goal is to find a solution that strikes a balance between the makers' creativity and the audience's sentiments.

"I must reiterate that our culture and faith is glorious, intricate and nuanced. And we have to be careful that it does not get defined by trivia which takes the focus away from the real and the true. And like I have said earlier as well, that the trust between creators and audience is most important to protect and the creators should keep working towards it,” Joshi added.

According to guidelines, the certificate for a film is given out when the final result has been presented and any necessary revisions have been made.

Narottam Mishra, the home minister for Madhya Pradesh, and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad were among those who voiced their discontent with Besharam Rang and called for modifications. A ban on the movie was also requested by the Madhya Pradesh Ulema Board because it 'misrepresented Islam.'

Shah Rukh, Deepika, and others are the targets of a complaint that was submitted to a court in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, alleging that the song 'hurt religious emotions' of Hindus. The head priest of a temple in Ayodhya threatened to 'burn Khan alive' last week for offending Hinduism. 

Pathaan will be released in theatres on January 25.

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