NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s movie censor authorities have ordered that kissing scenes in the most current James Bond movie, “Spectre,” be shortened before it is released in the country.
The Central Board of Film Certification has purchased that 4 scenes in the new James Bond film be trimmed, like at minimum two kisses among the lead actors, Daniel Craig and Monica Belluci.
The choice to minimize the duration of the kissing scenes was trending on social media Thursday as Indians mocked the prudishness of film certification authorities.
Earlier this week the film certification board gave “Spectre” a U/A rating suggesting parental discretion for youngsters under 12. The movie will be launched in theaters on Friday.
In the meantime, on Twitter, scores of Indians used the satirical hashtag #SanskariJamesBond, or “traditional James Bond” to ridicule the cuts.
“James Bond’s females need to be sensation so protected now that our Censor Board is there to protect their honor from that creep,” said Bollywood director and producer Shirish Kunder in a tweet.
In contrast to Hollywood, motion picture norms in India are really rigorous. Censorship authorities often get filmmakers — equally Indian and foreign— to chop scenes deemed offensive. Films with graphic content can be barred entirely.
In many years earlier, Indian filmmakers circumvented censors by showing two flowers bending and touching when they wanted to depict a kiss among the hero and heroine.
Community kissing is frowned upon in India’s conservative culture, and even a peck on the cheek can upset some people.
An arrest warrant was briefly issued for Hollywood star Richard Gere in 2007 following he kissed the cheek of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS awareness rally.
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