Penis jokes, bawdy humour, double meaning dialogues and titillating skin show - if you’ve been following the the latest Bollywood trailers, you must’ve done a double take and guffawed or rolled your eyes twice over recently. The reason being the teasers of Mastizaade and Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3.
Question is, how did these films pole vault across our sanskari CBFC, which did not let James Bond kiss his latest arm candy beyond a few seconds in Spectre?
The 40 second Mastizaade teaser begins with Sunny Leone placing a coin on Tusshar Kapoor’s crotch and seductively whispering
Sikka hilla, toh pass...
The coin does go for a toss as does the buttons of Leone’s blouse. The former adult actress’ name in the film is Laila Lele and in another teaser of the film she warns guys with, “...sambhal ke rakhiye apne kele, aa rahi hai Laila Lele.”
What we do know is that Mastizaade did get the CBFC’s knickers in a twist, because it took a long time to get an ‘A’ certificate, due to its adult content. What we don’t know is how much of the sex, in this sex comedy finally made it past the CBFC. But if the ‘sikka hila’ trailer is anything to go by, it seems to have got away lightly by the present certification board’s standards.
Remember, this is the same board that could not digest the word “lunch” (hence muted) being attributed to a guy by a bunch of women in Angry Indian Goddesses, a film which was certified as ‘Adults Only’.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe sex comedies are a legit genre which need to be made and which an adult audience has every right to see without cuts, mutes and pixellations. But, what needs to be questioned here is, what guidelines or standards is the board working with when it decides what to cut or clear?
Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3, doesn’t even call itself a sex comedy, it heralds itself as ‘India’s first porn-com’.
In the two-and-a-half minute trailer of the film, we see Tusshar Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani make it as porn stars because, as they explain, “Hum dono ke paas uparwale ka diya, neeche wala talent hai.” Yes, these boys have been blessed with, not bananas, which Ms Lele was referring to, but bazookas between their legs.
In another scene, when asked what she does, a lady explains, “Main deti hoon, bachchon ko education, vidhwaon ko inspiration and kunware mardon ko masturbation.”
In between spoofy Bollywood porn titles like Lick, Kholay and Chennai Sexpress and a man talking about his poppat, Kya Kool Hai Hum 3, looks like something that would have been finely chopped into a short film, if it went past the current CBFC. But obviously, the film seems to have made it through without much sweat with a release date of January 22nd against it.
What’s confounding here is that earlier this year, the same board replaced the word “kutti” with “jhoothi” in Anushka Sharma’s NH 10, again a film which was certified ‘Adults Only’. So what are the ground rules here CBFC?
Is there a working guideline on the basis of which films are censored or do they just go by Sunny Leone’s test, “Sikka hilla, toh pass”?