Features Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | March 24, 2015 | 03:41 pm IST The Censor Board of Film Certification seems to have picked up a cue or two from the controversy that courted the Aamir Khan starrer “PK” for its portrayal of religion. In what is an apparent bid to stay on the safer side, the Censor Board recently invited a Hindu priest and a Muslim cleric to watch “Dharam Sankat Mein”, an upcoming Hindi film, to make sure the content does not create a commotion after its release. According to a report by The Telegraph, the Board approved the movie last week only after implementing suggestions, of the priest and the cleric, for cuts in the movie. Directed by Fuwad Khan, the film stars Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah and Annu Kapoor and revolves around a man who faces an identity crisis when he discovers that he was born to a Muslim family but was adopted by a Hindu one. Some members told the paper that according to the rules the views of “independent” experts can be sought but not the “affected parties” and that the experts could be called for viewing only in the later stages. The priest and the cleric are said to have watched the film along with five members of the Board’s examining committee. The film, scheduled for release on April 10, has been given a U/A certificate and asked the makers to delete two scenes - a joke on circumcision and an attempt to poke fun at drinking cow urine - that the clerics found “offending,” states the report. One of the producers told The Telegraph that they the jokes were only implied ones and since they did not want to delay the release of the film, they made the suggested cuts. However, senior board member Nandini Sardesai said that though she had not heard about it, such a move would be "totally deplorable”. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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