A controversial list of cuss words that was circulated by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) soon after Pahlaj Nihalani took over as its chairperson has been withdrawn after a majority of members voted against it.
"Of the 15 members who attended the meeting, 12 were in favour of withdrawing the cuss list. We have also insisted that minutes of the meeting be recorded and circulated within two weeks so that it is official. We had protested earlier about this arbitrary list but officials and examining committee members were verbally told to implement it,'' a member said. The member added that a gag order had also been put in place and members asked not to speak to media on the issue.
Reportedly, CBFC board members stated that swear words should be seen in the context of the entire film rather than in an isolated manner and the decision be left to the examining committee.
Although, the CBFC members had protest against the cuss list in March, but despite of their repeated objections, many films like ‘Highway’, ‘NH10’ and many others suffered cuts because of the list.
..... Devashree Goenka