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No ‘Intercourse’ Please, Censor Board Tells Harry and Sejal

“We’ve granted a ‘UA’ to the trailer of Jab Harry Met Sejal on condition of deletion of the dialogue about intercourse”, said censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani.

Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson, Pahlaj Mihalani Credit: PTI

Central Board of Film Certification chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani is upset by the word ‘intercourse’ in the upcoming Imtiaz Ali movie starring Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan, Jab Harry Met Sejal, The Quint reported.

“We’ve granted a ‘UA’ to the trailer on condition of deletion of the dialogue about intercourse. But they’ve not come back to us with the deletion. So in principle, the trailer has not been passed yet,” Nihalani told the website, adding that the uncensored trailer with the ‘intercourse’ interaction was not permissible on any medium in India.

Talking about the trailer being relayed on news channels, Nihalani said,they’ve downloaded the uncut trailer on YouTube. “We [CBFC] cannot stop content on the internet. But we can and will stop the broadcast of the uncensored footage on television. The trailer has been picked up from the internet and is being aired on various news channels. This is completely against the law and we plan to take the strictest action against the channels which have aired the censored content from Imtiaz Ali’s film.”

Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from Jab Harry Met Sejal.

Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from Jab Harry Met Sejal.

In the movie’s promo, Anushka Sharma is seen handing over something called an ‘indemnity bond’ to Shah Rukh Khan, saying there won’t be any legal ramifications if the couple ends up having ‘intercourse.’

The film is set to release on August 4.

The censor board has denied certifications to many films recently. Nihalani had refused to certify the film Lipstick Under My Burkha on account of “sexual content, abusive words and audio pornography.” Earlier this week, the makers of the film released a new poster.

  • Rohini

    If it’s UA, which means kids of any age can watch with parents, age appropriate content is necessary. The Indian film industry is hampered by the lack of a PG rating system of the sort followed in most other countries. Of course, in India, most people don’t think these things are important but they definitely are. Children must watch what is age appropriate and parents must have info about content to make informed decisions.
    Parents who end up bringing thier kids to such UA films end up unwittingly exposing them to unsuitable content as parents have no way of knowing what to expect from the film…the U/A certificate specifies nothing.

    • vijay

      If it’s UA, which means kids of any age can watch with parents? why with parents ? How would the parents know ?

      • Rohini

        “How would the parents know ?”
        A UA certiificate implies it is anot an A movie. It is not a U movie which allows kids in alone. You see, in India, it’s not clear what age of kid can go into a UA movie alone.
        But it’s a certainty that kids who are younger than say 13 will not be able to go alone, obviously ! They will go with their parents because their parents will likely take them to watch the movie.! Thus, the parents ‘know’! 🙂