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Want to get your movie banned? Just say Bombay in a dialogue

A new list of English and Hindi cuss words issued by the Central Board of Film Certification covers most of the popular, but unspoken abuses.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2015 4:37:09 pm
CBFC, CBFC Bombay A new list of English and Hindi cuss words issued by the Central Board of Film Certification covers most of the popular, but unspoked, unheard, abuses. However, it also includes some interesting ones like Haramzada which seems to be popular even among some of our politicians.

At this rate, Beep will also be banned in Indian cinema theatres in the near future.

A new list of English and Hindi cuss words issued by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) covers most of the popular, but unspoken, unheard, abuses. However, it also includes some interesting ones like ‘Haramzada‘ which seems to be popular even among some of our politicians.

While we cannot reproduce the list here for obvious reasons, we can tell that it has all the usual suspects and some unusual ones. Some words which are perfectly parliamentary, but have ‘dual uses’ have also been included in the list. So, you cannot use the word ‘Patana’ in a Hindi movie, or the word screw in an English one.

But after all the recent controversy over the deletion of the word ‘Bombay’ from a song, the CBFC has now put in writing that “change of name Bombay to Mumbai as per Government of Maharashtra’s notification dated 4/9/96” should also be taken into consideration. So it remains to be seen what is the impact of the notification, signed by new CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani, on Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet. He has, however, clarified that this particular use is fine as it pertains to the period when Mumbai was Bombay.

CBFC-list

The notification says “it has been noticed that some of the objectionable words/abusive words are still not deleted from the films”. The notification directs all ROs (Regional Offices) not to allow such words in any category of the certificate. So this is also applicable in regional languages.

The list also mentions violence against women and glorification of bloodshed as items that should be avoided.

Ashoke Pandit, a member of the CBFC, reacted to the list.

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