CBFC has instructed for a nude scene to be cut out of the Australian cricketer’s new film ‘UnIndian’
Australian filmmaker Anupam Sharma’s film ‘UnIndian’ seems to be Pahlaj Nihalani’s newest target. The film, that stars Australian cricketer Brett Lee, was inching towards its release in India but the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) asked Sharma to cut 65-second long love-making scene between Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee. Sharma feels the scene is important for the script and was shot tastefully and if cut, the film’s essence will be lost.
He told a leading tabloid, “It is a beautiful scene where they make love for the first time. At the same time, Tannishtha’s parents are watching a spiritual leader on TV speak about opening your chakras. The music escalates as the sequences set in the two different settings unfold. It is artistically shot but the Indian Censor Board wants it to be cut. We have been asked to only show Lee’s side profile and not his back and to remove the spiritual context. That’s like ripping off the film’s heartbeat.” The film had got an ‘M’ (mature) certificate in Australia. Sharma feels that an ‘A’ certificate that too with cuts would cost the romantic-comedy a great loss of audience.
Sharma has known Brett Lee for years and describes him as a “hungry artist who is always dying to perform.” Lee agreed to do the film, soon after reading the script. The film revolves around Lee, a teacher, who falls in love with a divorced single-mom. This is not the first time when the Aussie cricketer worked beyond the sport. The 39-year-old bowler has previously recorded a single with Asha Bhosle in 2007 titled “You’re The One For Me” and also played himself in the 2009 Hindi film, Victory.
‘UnIndian’ was announced by the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, along with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, during his Mumbai visit in September, 2014. In the last two years, the film has been shown at the Cannes Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival, among others, before opening in Australia in 2015.