The film making the waves in the movie world at the moment, Spectre, has been banned in India for its unsuitability to her people.
India’s film board which is known for being notoriously prudish, has ruled that long kissing scenes in the new James Bond movie “Spectre” are not suitable for Indian audiences.
The Mumbai-based Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has restrained the fictional British spy’s famously lusty romantic life by cutting the length of two passionate embrace scenes.
According to AFP, the Head of the CBFC, Pahlaj Nihalani said: “We have reduced them. Our work is for censoring the movie according to the rating of the film so we have done that”. He was referring to separate kissing scenes between Daniel Craig, who plays Bond, and his co-stars Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux Nihalani.
A source at Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed to newsmen that the edits had been made. “Two kissing scenes have been reduced by a few seconds,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that two swear words had also been deleted.
Nihalani noted that the film’s promoters had the right to object to the edits but had not done so.
The decision sparked a frenzy on social media, with many Twitter users mocking the move. “Censor Board is clear. Make in India? Good good. Make out in India? NEVER,” tweeted Ramesh Srivats, referring to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s slogan to attract foreign investment.
The hashtag #SanskariJamesBond, meaning ‘virtuous’ in Hindi, trended on Twitter with users sharing Internet memes portraying a more demure Agent 007, sometimes dressed in traditional Indian attire.