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CBFC Displays Its Homophobia Again; Orders Cuts in ‘Moonlight’

We are yet to get over the word ‘gay’ being blanked out of Hansal Mehta’s elegiac Aligarh. And now the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has attacked the creative domain of one of the year's most accomplished and lauded Hollywood films.

Director Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama Moonlight is about a black gay boy discovering his (homo)sexuality. The sensitive film has unanimously been praised by critics the world over with the New York Times writing, “From first shot to last, Moonlight is about as beautiful a movie as you are ever likely to see.”

Not beautiful enough for the Indian censor board, though. The film’s key love-making sequence, where the young protagonist Chiron (Alex Hibbert) is initiated into love-making by his best friend, has been completely removed from the film.

This is doing disservice to the film. The film gets an ‘A’ certificate. And still the adult content is removed. Watching ‘Moonlight’ without the sequence where Chiron discovers his sexuality is like watching ‘Sholay’ without the sequence where Gabbar massacres Thakur’s family.
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