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    11 Stupid-Ass Decisions That Prove The Censor Board Is A Bunch Of Class-A Morons

    Certified 'I' for idiots.

    1. When the censor board thought "menstruation is an adult subject" and we should not discuss periods.

    Kapoor Film Inc.

    Pahlaj Nihalani gave self-aware and socially progressive film, Phullu, an 'A' rating because of its open discussion of menstruation.

    2. When they cut the "Hanuman Chalisa" in Phillauri because it failed to scare away the ghost protagonist.

    Clean Slate Films

    3. When they thought bleeping out the word Punjab as well as mentions of drugs in a film highlighting the very real and rampant drug problem in Punjab was a smart call.

    Phantom Films

    4. When the censor board was against a film that was "lady-oriented" and about "their fantasy of life".

    Prakash Jha

    These were the Censor Board's reasons for not certifying Lipstick Under My Burkha: "The story is lady oriented, their fantasy about life. There are continuous sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused."

    5. When they muted the word "lesbian" from Dum Laga Ke Haisha because it is not appropriate.

    Yash Raj Films

    6. When they felt that showing a transgender protagonist was "controversial and unsuitable for children".

    Universal Pictures

    According to a CBFC board member, The Danish Girl wasn't aired on Sony TV because "the whole subject is controversial, and it’s unsuitable to be viewed by children. It talks about a man who wants a sex change and has a genital operation to become a woman. The subject is sensitive and how do you edit a subject like that?"

    7. When they issued that the word "Bombay" not be used in films.

    8. When the board deleted a phrase from a film because it is also the name of Narendra Modi's monthly radio show.

    Dakxin Chhara

    In the upcoming film Sameer, the line "Ek mann ki baat kahoon? Tum character accha bana lete ho!" has been completely deleted because it contains "mann ki baat".

    9. When the CBFC refused to clear Malayalam film Ka Bodyscapes because it "glorifies gay relationships".

    Jayan K. Cherian

    The board stated: "It glorifies the subject of gay and homosexual relationships and portrayed the Hindu religion in a derogatory manner by showing Hanuman in poor light as gay".

    10. When the Censor Board cut out "trendy language" from an animated reimagining of the legend of Hanuman.

    R.A.T Films

    The board cut scenes out of Hanuman Da Damdaar because "the trendy language applied to religious mythological characters need not be taken in the right spirit by everyone". "Yes, we’ve cut quite a few of the dialogues. But better safe than sorry," they also added.

    11. And when the man in charge – Pahlaj Nihalani – said he doesn't care about what people think after cutting same sex kiss scenes from a film about a gay man trying to find himself.

    Plan B Entertainment

    "The Censor Board can’t determine that. Also, this particular movie focusses on a black man trying to understand the psyche of a gay man. Since, homosexuality is illegal in India, it’s a possibility that the Censor Board used that as an excuse to cut certain parts of the movie," said filmmaker Onir.

    Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

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