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Emergency-era censorship affected films so badly that even a spot of blood was cut out

Kishore Kumar's songs were taken off AIR. Stars such as Dev Anand were harassed. Even Raj Kapoor and Satyajit Ray were given advice on film-making.
Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, Prasoon Joshi | Ravi Choudhary | PTI

Never asked makers of ‘Ford v Ferrari’ to blur alcohol, says CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi

The CBFC came under fire last week after reports claimed the censor board had asked Hollywood filmmakers to blur all alcohol in the film before its India release.
A still from the trailer of the film Ford v Ferrari, showing alcohol. | YouTube

Censor board wants scenes showing alcohol to be blurred in new Hollywood film

For the first time, scenes from the upcoming film Ford v Ferrari have scenes with alcohol completely blurred.
Bombay High Court | Commons

CBFC has no intellectual morality to decide what people can watch: Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court pulled up the film certification board while hearing a plea filed by Children's Film Society over a U certificate to its film "Chidiakhana".
Poster of the film PM Narendra Modi

EC stops release of Narendra Modi film during elections, day after Censor Board clears it

'PM Narendra Modi', directed by Omung Kumar, was scheduled to release on 11 April, the first day of the Lok Sabha elections.
Poster of the film PM Narendra Modi

Modi biopic cleared with 11 cuts, scene of him monitoring anti-terror ops deleted

The Central Board of Film Certification has also told the producers to delete apparently communal dialogues and a scene mocking Manmohan Singh.
Sharmila Tagore in a still from Satyajit Ray directed Nayak | @Criterion/Twitter

Devi to Kashmir ki Kali to Censor Board: Sharmila Tagore is not just Taimur’s grandmom

Sharmila Tagore, who turned 74 on 8 December, has been a trailblazer of her field, and the bikini has nothing to do with it.
Pahlaj Nihalani with Govinda and Mishika Chourasia | Twitter/@NihalaniPahlaj

Itna ras bhara…ahista ahista kholna & other cuts censor board wants in Nihalani film

Former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani has moved Bombay High Court against the cuts, says the censor board doesn’t have the power to ask for them.
File image of Pahlaj Nihalani | STR/AFP/Getty Images

Pahlaj Nihalani: ‘Netflex’ runs a website ‘Secret Game’ that airs blue films

Ex-censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has challenged cuts ordered in his film Rangeela Raja, and accused his successor Prasoon Joshi of ‘harassing’ him.
Akshay Kumar

Picture abhi patriarchy hai: Studying Bollywood’s sexism disease

A look at dialogues, characters, relationships and censorship in 30 landmark Bollywood films.

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Representational image of Navratri celebrations | PTI Photo

Bal Thackeray’s father and Ambedkar used Navratri festivities to counter Brahmin Ganesh utsav

Keshav Sitaram Thackeray ‘Prabodhankar’ had joined BR Ambedkar in a movement to allow ‘untouchable’ to worship alongside Brahmins during Ganesh utsav in Mumbai.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.


INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.