Ayushmann Khurrana is known for his comedic escapades with a social message. In 2019, however, he stunned everyone by starring in Article 15. The hard-hitting film, directed by Anubhav Sinha, made a statement on the caste system and received universal acclaim as well as box office success. Despite being released a week after Kabir Singh, it was a true success story, grossing Rs. 65.45 crore. As a result, anticipation for their next film, Anek, is high. This time, he has chosen to focus on the strife in India’s North-East and the bigotry that its citizens confront.
The latest update states that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) passed the film with a U/A certificate, after making certain cuts.
The CBFC’s examining committee requested five cuts or additions based on the cut list. The first two are related to the opening disclaimers, which state that the film is a work of fiction and, second, that the film does not attempt to glorify child crime.
Finally, offensive terms such as ‘B**** c**d,’ ‘R****khana,’ ‘L***a,’ ‘F**k, D******d,’ and ‘Son of a b***h’ were eliminated or substituted with non-offensive ones. The phrase ‘Dhandewali’ was even eliminated from one dialogue by the CBFC. Fourth, the CBFC requested that phrases like “China” and “Chinese” used to describe North-Eastern girls be removed or replaced in some areas. Finally, a conversation centred on a real-life personality was requested to be erased or replaced.
Anek is all set to be released on May 27.