SpotboyE has it that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to be lenient on the Leonardo DiCaprio starrer The Revenant, which releases in India next week. While the CBFC asked the words ‘ti*s’ and ‘b**ch’ to be muted, the rest of the film, which includes a brutal rape sequence among other violent scenes, has been passed. And why is the otherwise stringent Censor Board going easy on The Revenant? The Alejandro Iñárritu-directed film is a hot favourite at the Oscars this year.
When SpotboyE got in touch with Fox Star Studios, the spokesperson said, “CBFC was particularly impressed with The Revenant as it has won quite a few prestigious awards and is a frontrunner at the Oscars. The Board members said they wanted audiences to experience the film as it is, without any cuts.”
And here comes the best part. “The Board members also specifically mentioned that if it was any regular film, they wouldn’t have been so easy, as words like b**tard and f**k have been passed without any mutes,” added the spokesperson.
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The film, which has been rated ‘R’ in the US by the Motion Picture Association of America for excessive violence and gore, has got an ‘A’ certificate in India.
So here’s what the Board has passed on the grounds that The Revenant is a favourite at the Oscars.
The film has at least 10 instances where the word ‘f**k’ is used and multiple uses of ‘s**t’, ‘hell’ and other derogatory words against Native Americans.
When you watch The Revenant in theatres, you will also see the now famous scene where Leo gets mauled by a bear - an unflinchingly brutal sequence that lingers on, a scalped man, a child getting murdered and several sequences of graphic violence including contextual butt-nudity.
This is in sharp contrast to what the CBFC did to Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool where references to male and female reproductive organs were beeped out, much of the profane language muted, lovemaking as well as scenes involving violence toned down, thus taking away much of the film’s charm.
The Censor Board leaving The Revenant largely untouched is definitely a welcome move.
However, the different treatments meted out to the two releases raise a few questions: Isn’t the move reflective of CBFC’s hypocrisy? Does a film have to be critically-acclaimed/award-worthy for its contents to be left the way it were meant to? These questions linger on as CBFC shows yet another hint of its consistent inconsistency.
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