The CBFC guidelines under the chairmanship of its new helmer Prasoon Joshi are getting clearer now. Apparently Joshi who stays away from the process of certification and lets the CBFC board members do their job (unlike his predecessor Pahlaj Nihalaniwho was far more hands-on) has made it very clear that an ‘A’ certificate means that the content no matter how sexually aggressive, remains untouched as long as women are not demeaned or ridiculed.
Director Ananth Mahadevan whose erotic thriller Aksar 2 went to the CBFC this week came away largely unscathed with all the skin show and smooching intact. Even the word ‘f**k’ was allowed. Only ‘b***h’ was asked to be removed. Ananth Mahadevan has replaced it with the word ‘budhi’ (old hag), though it’s not clear how calling a woman a ‘hag’ is less insulting than calling her a ‘b***h’.