A sobered Grand Masti likely to make its TV debut

The television audience might soon get to watch Bollywoods first adult comedy 'Grand Masti', but there is a catch. The raunchy hit will be aired with several scenes chopped, just as the case was for the Sunny
Leone- starrer 'Jism 2' when it was telecast last week.

Although the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) might allow the film to be aired, its steamy scenes, sexual overtones, innuendoes and raunchy dances will be hacked severely. The film starring Vivek
Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Riteish Deshmukh, which incidentally did 100- crore business, will be severely butchered to make it suitable for the TV audience.

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Producers Inder Kumar and Ashok Thakeria have applied to CBFC for re- certification of the film for TV
viewing but it will be passed only after several cuts to make it suitable for viewing under U/ A ( parental guidance) certification.

“Since the film is full of adult content, it will surely be reduced to 50 per cent of it,” says professor Nandini Sardesai, CBFC member.

According to the new rules introduced by the CBFC in 2012, films with A- certification have to be re- certified and further snipped by censors to make them suitable for family viewing. Re- certification
for TV was introduced after the controversy cropped up over the abrupt cancellation of Vidya Balan starrer The Dirty Picture's airing on Sony channel. The film was later aired with a 'U' rating after a hundred cuts.

“We have edited whatever we thought was not suitable for home viewing and submitted the film for re- censoring,” Thakeria said.

Still, the film will see further cuts as per directives of the Board.

Several A certified films including Anurag Kashyaps Gangs Of Wasseypur series, Delhi Belly and B. A. Pass are still waiting to be aired on TV. A prominent instance of a film stalled owing to re- certification
issues is Aamir Khans 2011 release, 'Delhi Belly'. Aamir sold the satellite rights of the film to Sahara with the necessary cuts a long time ago but re- certification prevented its screening.