Censor Board has deleted gay kissing scene from Befikre, but allowed Ranveer Singh’s naked butt scene.

Yes! Censor Board has done it again. Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has let Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh‘s butt-naked shot in Befikre stay, but has deleted kissing scenes featuring gay couples in the film.

The kissing scenes are from Befikre song titled Labon Ka Karobar, which celebrates diversity.

The official video of the song was released online showing two gay couples kissing. And those scenes have been removed from the film which released on December 9.

In an interview to The Quint, Pahlaj Nihalani said, “Yes, we have removed the gay kiss from the first song in Befikre. The whole song is about various couples of different ages kissing all over Paris. We felt the gay kiss would not be acceptable to all the viewers.”

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Apparently, the director of Befikre Aditya Chopra, raised no objection at all.

Also interestingly in an interview to DNA, Pahlaj Nihalani defended Ranveer Singh’s butt-naked shot in the film.

He said, “We shortened Ranveer Singh’s butt shot quite a lot (in Befikre). Right now it’s just a glimpse, no more. What’s wrong with it? He is alone with his girlfriend in a room. They are doing what couples do when they are alone. Why is a butt shot objectionable? We’ve allowed butt shots in some recent Hollywood films. Also in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail.”

Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani also defended Befikre smooching scenes and said, “See, unlike Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Spectre or Tamasha where the kisses were done in lengthy shots, in Befikre the kisses are scattered and largely fleeting and all over the place. They are part of the narration. As a filmmaker, I know what can be cut without hampering the flow of the narrative. In Befikre there is no way we could cut the kisses without interrupting the flow of the story. Aditya Chopra has treated the kisses as part of the story. If we removed the kisses we’d be hampering the storytelling.”

Nihalani also added. “We’ve cut all the close-ups of the kisses and the climactic kiss has been reduced by 50 per cent. The rest we couldn’t cut for apprehension of being accused of creative interference.”

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