No film is spared without going through the scrutinising eyes of CBFC. Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is also one such yet to be released film which had to undergo the scrutiny before getting a release.
Earlier, CBFC under the aegis of Pahlaj Nihalani, had endowed the film 48 cuts. Although now the good news is that the film has been cleared for release with eight ‘minor’ cuts. Director Kushan Nandy broke the news on Twitter. The film has Nawazuddin playing a sharp shooter and stars opposite actress Bidita Bag.
He wrote, “FCAT clears Babumoshai Bandookbaaz with eight minor, voluntary cuts despite Pahlaj Nihalani’s last letter to stop it. See you on August 25.”
— Nandy Bandookbaaz (@KushanNandy) August 16, 2017
The CBFC had earlier certified the film as ‘A’ but had still ordered 48 cuts to it. After its order, the makers of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz sent it for a review to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which has given a green signal to the film.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui thanked FCAT for clearing Babumoshai Bandookbaaz with eight minor cuts and expressed his happiness on Twitter. He wrote, “Thanks FCAT for clearing #BabumoshaiBandookbaaz with minor voluntary cuts. The film will now release with its original flavour on 25th Aug.”
Thanks FCAT for clearing #BabumoshaiBandookbaaz with minor voluntary cuts. The film will now release with its original flavour on 25th Aug
— Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) August 16, 2017
Earlier, team Babumoshai Bandookbaaz didn’t take their film to CBFC’s revising committee as Pahlaj Nihalani told them that the committee would ‘double’ the number of cuts.
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz writer Ghalib Asad Bhopali said, “When our film director Kushan Nandy went to CBFC for the certification, Pahlaj Nihalani said, “You can go to Revising Committee, but we will double the cuts’. So, there’s no point of going through that.”
Last month, FCAT had cleared Alankrita Shrivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ after CBFC refused to pass the film.
Weeks ago, producer Kiran Shroff was ridiculed by the CBFC for having made a film ‘like Babumoshai Bandookbaaz.
“They said you can explain why such objectionable words and scenes are there in the film.”
A lady questioned me, ‘How could you make a film like this despite being a woman yourself?’ A gentleman said, ‘How can she be a woman as she is wearing a pant and shirt?’ I was stunned,” Kiran Shroff revealed.
Meanwhile, Pahlaj Nihalani was sacked from the post of CBFC chief. He has been replaced by adman-lyricist Prasoon Joshi.
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz also stars Divya Dutta, Murli Sharma, Jatin Goswami and Shraddha Das.
Catch the trailer here and on the screen on 25th August.