Censor Board asked Phillauri makers to mute Hanuman Chalisa

Anushka Sharma’s second production “Phillauri” has encountered an obstruction from censor board. In the film Anushka Sharma plays Shashi a friendly ghost. The movie is a satire on superstition and shows an NRI guy tying knot with a tree after which the ghost stalks him. As per the rules and guidelines of CBFC (Censor Board of Film Certification), films must not promote superstition; nevertheless, it passed “Phillauri” with one cut and gave it the ‘UA’ certification.

Pahlaj Nihalani, the CBFC chairperson, as saying,“In my opinion it’s not the CBFC’s job to sit in judgment on the content of a film. We can only make amends in the presentation of the content. Not propagating superstition and blind faith falls in the jurisdiction of the State government. If we sat judgement over films on ghosts then we’d have to question why classics like Mahal, Gumnam, Woh Kaun Thi and Lekin were passed.”

The CBFC(Censor Board of Film Certification) has asked the producers of the film to add a lengthy disclaimer at the beginning saying they do not subscribe to any of the superstitions shown in the film nor do they believe in ghosts.

Here are some reactions of the people:

The film is already in the theatre and doing well.



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