Tuesday 17 October 2017

Bond gets the snip in India over a kiss too far

Bond stars Monica Belluci and Daniel Craig
Bond stars Monica Belluci and Daniel Craig

Nirmala George in New Delhi

India's film censor authorities have caused outrage by ordering kissing scenes in new James Bond movie 'Spectre' to be shortened before it is released in the country.

The Central Board of Film Certification has ordered that four scenes in the new James Bond film be trimmed, including at least two kisses between Daniel Craig and Monica Belluci.

The decision to reduce the length of the kissing scenes was trending on social media as Indians mocked the prudishness of the censor.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, scores of Indians used the satirical hashtag #SanskariJamesBond, or "traditional James Bond" to ridicule the cuts.

"James Bond's women must be feeling so safe now that our Censor Board is there to protect their honour from that creep," said Bollywood director and producer Shirish Kunder in a tweet.

Compared to Hollywood, movie norms in India are extremely strict. Censorship authorities often order filmmakers - both Indian and foreign - to chop scenes deemed offensive.

Films with graphic content can be banned completely.

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