The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has been chastised in the past for making excessive edits in films. The majority of the cuts, according to viewers, are unreasonable and restrict the filmmakers’ freedom of speech. Despite this, the CBFC remained resolute, frequently requesting rash cuts.
However, the CBFC has been surprisingly liberal with some films in the past. One such film is Bellbottom, starring Akshay Kumar.
A source said, “Bellbottom has been passed with no cuts at all. There were apprehensions that maybe the CBFC would ask for cuts or modifications in the visuals or dialogues since the film deals with a real-life hijack incident and a covert operation carried out by Indian authorities. Moreover, the film also shows ex-Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Hence, going by CBFC’s past track record, one feared that at least a couple of cuts would be recommended by the Examining Committee.”
The source further revealed, “But in a pleasant surprise, the CBFC didn’t felt the need to go for a single cut. They were happy with the accurate representation and the research done by the makers. Hence, they decided to pass the film with no cuts and a U/A certificate.”
“The certification was granted on August 12. The total length of the film is 125.37 minutes, that is 2 hours 5 minutes.”
Bellbottom will be released in theatres on August 19. The film also stars Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Lara Dutta, and Adil Hussain in addition to Akshay Kumar.