Licence to Kill but no licence to kiss

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| Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 15:33
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Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes
‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes’ most recent Bond flick ‘Spectre’ hasn’t docked in India yet due to excess baggage kisses.
 
Spectre starring Daniel Craig was slated to release in India on November 6, 2015. However due to recent clashes with the Censor Board, the movie which had a US October release has been delayed further.
 
The Censor Board has no problem with kissing scenes in movies, but the culprits of Spectre’s delay have been the lengthy kisses. The movie has already faced two visual and verbal cuts. Deeming Craig’s kisses with his co-stars too long, the Board has asked it to be reduced by 50 percent.
 
Verbal cuts have also been common phenomena in this flick due to constant usage of cuss words. The chairperson of the Censor Board, Pahalaj Nihalani has already had a controversy-filled year when he posed problems for Ayushmann Khurana starrer ‘Dum Laga ke Haisha’. The word 'lesbian' was muted from the film. Fuelling further wrath for this myopic vision was the banning of Fifty Shades of Grey. The much awaited film was not allowed to be released even after voluntary cuts from the distributors were promised.
 
If this is how the Censor Board keeps on going—Spectre might have the same fate where the clean uptight Indian version might not make much sense to the viewer.
 
Let’s hope the cineplexes don’t catch a glimpse of the conventional Ramayana or Mahabharata days yet again!
 
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