For a couple of days now there have been stories on the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) ordering a booze bottle in actress Rakul Preet Singh’s hand in De De Pyar De to be replaced with a flower bouquet.
This seemed like incredible prudery when heroines have been drinking stumbling and singing on screen with alcohol in their hands from the time of Meena Kumari crooning Sharaabi sharaabi mera naam ho gaya in (1967). A source from the CBFC informs, “We never asked for the booze bottle to be replaced by flowers. But the film’s makers voluntarily cut a shot showing the heroine dancing with a booze bottle on her hip. They wanted a ‘UA’ and they went to the Tribunal after making that voluntary cut.”
Confirms CBFC’s CEO Tushar, “The cut was voluntarily offered by the filmmaker.” Nonetheless the cut, voluntarily or otherwise, still appears odd in a film that has Ajay Devgn kissing both his heroines— Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh. This is a first for Devgn.