The Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will no longer oppose Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan as the groups have seemingly made peace with revisions proposed by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
In a statement Gujarat VHP general secretary Ashok Rawal termed the censor board’s removal of “obscene lyrics and lewd words from the film” as good news. Rawal also congratulated the VHP, Bajrang Dal workers and “the entire Hindu society” for this “successful struggle to protect religion and culture.”
In his statement, Rawal urged that the VHP and Bajrang Dal or other Hindu bodies won’t have any issues if the censor board, producers and theatre owner opposed things such as those portrayed in Pathaan in the name of “religion, culture and patriotism”, beforehand.
Rawal said the decision now rests with the “enlightened” citizens of Gujarat whether to watch the movie or not.
The censor board has suggested more than 10 cuts, including some edits in the dance moves in the Besharam Rang song. Deepika Padukone’s controversial orange bikini, will however, remain in the movie, according to the board.
The board has also ordered dialogue revisions for Langde Lulle to Toote Foote, Ashok Chakra to Veer Puraskar, ex-KGB with ex-SBU, and Mrs Bharatmata with Hamari Bharatmata.
Pathaan has been at forefront of controversy since the release of its Besharam Rang song featuring Padukone’s in a skimpy orange bikini. Right-wing groups like Bajrang Dal held protests and torched posters and banners of the movie demanding a ban or boycott.
Shah Rukh Khan is returning to the silver screen after four years with Yash Raj Film’s Pathaan, which will be released on January 25 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Apart from King Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham will be seen in lead roles in this film and actor Ashutosh Rana and Dimple Kapadia will also be in important parts of this film.