India's censor board gets tough with Rockstar

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Old 06-Nov-2011
India's censor board gets tough with Rockstar

UNP ImageOne would think Imtiaz Ali's musical odyssey about a small-town boy's journey from anonymity to superstardom on the wings of love would have passed through the censors, but it was not to be.

It was only after Ali and the film's producers agreed to make the required deletions that the Censor Board passed the film with a UA (Parental Guidance) rating.

The changes ordered by the board included the muting of the words in the soundtrack — words that commonly occur in Bollywood films and would have been allowed if the Rockstar team had agreed to an A (Adults Only) rating.

Likewise, a Hindi expletive which Kapoor's character uses whenever he's emotionally aggravated, has been muted wherever it occurs.

Most notable of all is the board's instruction to do away with a reference to Tibetan freedom from Chinese dominion. Apparently, Ali has been asked to do away with a flag in the film that reads "Free Tibet".

"Rockstar has been given two options regarding the flag that reads Free Tibet — either they can delete or blur the visual of the flag," said a source.

"Not that there are too many Bollywood films that would dare to take a stand on a sensitive political issue like Tibet. Rockstar does. The Censor Board has asked for its removal," the source added.

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