The Censor Board always has a last laugh because of the immense powers vested with it. And with power comes responsibility. The Central Board of Film Certification is a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
Bhoomi has been at the receiving end and it's been told to delete at least 12 scenes. And the audience won't mind about it; but what troubles the filmmakers is the trimming of Sunny leone's item number in it. It has been trimmed to such an extent that the cinegoers would only be able to enjoy what has been shown so far on the web or TV.
CBFC also deleted the rape scene in the movie which seems to be a wise move but item song... Nah. Bhoomi makers can do well to release the uncensored version of the song on Youtube. They may be able to recover some of the loses.
Now some people would wonder - if it can be released on teh internet, why not in theatres? Actually, theatre is a public place and one might feel uncomfortable especially when friends and family are watching the movie alongside. But on internet, one is watching it alone in total privacy.
Even the Supreme Court had refused to ban porn on internet in 2015. Declining a plea to pass an interim order to block porn websites in India, the Supreme Court said it cannot stop an adult from exercising his fundamental right to personal liberty to watch porn within the privacy of his room.
`Such interim orders cannot be passed by this court. Somebody may come to the court and say look I am above 18 and how can you stop me from watching it within the four walls of my room. It is a violation of Article 21 [right to personal liberty],` Chief Justice H.L. Dattu observed orally.
In any case, the audience especially Sunny Leone's fans would be angry. So be it. CBFC has a responsibility and they have to do their duty but what about Sunny Leone's duty to please and entertain the audience!
Bhoomi, starring Sanjay Dutt and Aditi Rao Hydari, promised to be a bloody revenge drama but the censors have asked the makers to tone it down. The Censor Board has given its verdict and has demanded 12 cuts.
In addition to the 12 cuts, Sunny Leone's song has been trimmed to such an extent that viewers will not get to see anything more than what they have already seen of it on television. Not just that, a rape scene has been trimmed as well.
Cuss words, a kissing scene and some dialogues will be replaced too.
Commenting on the verdict and CBFC's demand, the film's director Omung Kumar said, "I knew this was going to happen. It is a sensitive subject, so we have gone ahead and done the needful.'' He also added, "There were some scenes where blood is seen. I have done films like 'Mary Kom' and 'Sarabjit', so I was prepared for it."
The audience can't wait to watch Sanjay Dutt's comeback film. Bhoomi has got a U/A certificate and will hit the theatres on 22nd September.