The censor board was in a fix for quite some time as to what should be done with Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood debut, Baywatch. As the date of release approaches that of 2nd June, the CBFC has now advised 5 cuts – 1 visual and 4 verbal – for Baywatch to have a smooth release in India. The film has also got an obvious A certificate for all the bikini show it will be putting up on display.
But surprisingly taking off from his ‘Sanskari‘ image, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani told DNA, “There was no rationale to cut the bikini images. For one, the series ran on satellite television in India for years and contained lengthy shots of women in bikinis. Secondly, Indian filmmakers really need to stop making such a big issue about bikinis. Go to Goa or Mauritius. The beaches are carpeted with women in bikinis. What is the big deal about such shots?”
He further added to our surprise, “Baywatch is crammed with cuss words and filthy language. We deleted portions where we thought the smutty language was unnecessary. But we’ve allowed the bad language in several dialogues because we felt cutting them took away from the flavor and intention of the words. I’d like to stress that we’ve given an ‘A’ certificate, not just for the bikinis, but for the strong language as well.”
Well, that’s a good change of events from the man who is infamous for censoring films illogically. As for the fans of the famous Baywatch series, 2nd June is the date to set for this Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron & Priyanka Chopra starrer.