As the release date comes closer, Salman Khan’s Bharat has already got UA certification from CBFC. However, despite the clearance, the filmmakers decided to make 24 additional cuts in the film.According to a report by Midday, the Katrina Kaif-starrer was originally three hours long. However, the makers went ahead and arranged a special screening for close friends and family, which is when Salman Khan’s father, Salim Khan, said that the duration could be shortened to 165 minutes.Ali Abbas Zafar, the director of Bharat, then further worked on the editing table and brought it down to 155 minutes. When asked about why he chose to cut down the film, despite CBFC not asking him to, here’s what he said:“Since one needs to submit their films well in advance to meet the Censor Board’s deadlines, it’s better to provide the longer cut first. So, we submitted the work-in-progress version to them. Once they cleared it, we made the final edit, and then informed them of the cuts we have made.”Ali Abbas Zafar, FIlmmaker.Ali Abbas Zafar chose to cut from the several songs in the film like ‘Aethey Aa’, ‘Chashni’ and ‘Turpeya’. A scene featuring the lead Salman Khan and Sunil Grover has also been cut out from the final version.Reel Deal: Can Salman’s Star Power Make ‘Bharat’ Score Big at BO?On Friday, Taran Adarsh tweeted that Bharat had been cleared by British censors as well and would have a runtime of 2 hours, 34 minutes, and 50 seconds.Bharat is a remake of an award-winning Korean drama film called Ode to My Father. Bharat spans 50 years and traces the history of India through Salman Khan’s character. From a stuntman to a miner to a naval officer, Salman Khan dons a lot of roles and looks in the film. Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani play Salman’s love interests in the film. Bharat is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Bharat also stars actors like Tabu, Jackie Shroff, and Sunil Grover.(With inputs from Midday) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.