Writer Akshat Verma who served up an orgy of profanities in his screenplay of Delhi Belly is back with a new film Kaalakaandi, this time as both writer and director. The Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has reportedly ordered as many as 73 cuts in Kaalakaandi. This staggering number of deletions is a record of sorts.
A source from the CBFC commented, “Kaalakaandi makes Delhi Belly look like a Disney film. When Delhi Belly was released there were waves of shock and disbelief among the public at the torrent of profanities. But Kaalakaandi sets an all-new benchmark of expletives. We at the CBFC heard gaalis that we had never heard of and never imagined existed. The film is a dictionary of dirty abuses. I am sure it will prove highly educational if the cuts are restored.”
Interestingly Saif Ali Khan who is part of the Kaalakandi cast had ushered in the era of fearless profanities in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara. This was the first film in which Hindi cuss words were liberally allowed. Now, if the stunned sources at CBFC are to be believed, another Saif starrer has just set a new record in profanities.
While Kaalakaandi was shown to the CBFC before Pahlaj Nihalani’s exit, sources say Prasoon Joshi’s entry would not make any notable change in the policy decisions of the board. The current procedure of going strictly by the guidelines given to the CBFC is expected to continue until the changes suggested by Shyam Benegal’s committee are implemented.