It looks like Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming thriller, Fan, is the latest victim of the Indian censor board's sensitive eye. The film has, reportedly, received a U/A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after undergoing seven cuts.
DNA reported on Friday that a scene was cut short as it showed "prolonged police brutality". Khan, who plays the obsessive star stalker Gaurav, is being thrashed in lock-up while the star Aryan Khanna (also played by SRK) urges the cops to continue the merciless thrashing. (via Hindustan Times)
DNA quoted a source as saying, "The scene of prolonged violence in a lock-up where one Shah Rukh Khan urges the cops to beat up the other Shah Rukh was found to be unnecessarily prolonged. The censor board has asked for the sequence to be reduced by 50%." Apparently, six audio cuts were also made in the film, including Hindi and English cuss words and abuses. However, no official confirmation has been made as yet about these cuts in the film.
Of late, the CBFC has been heavily criticised by moviegoers for making unwarranted cuts to films shown in India, examples being James Bond movie Spectre, Priyanka Chopra's Jai Gangaajal and Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool.
Meanwhile, Fan's runtime is 140 minutes and the movie does not have any songs — nothing new but it will be bit of a change for SRK fans who are so used to his regular song-and-dance dramas. The film does have one promotional number though.
Director Maneesh Sharma told Hindustan Times, "It's a film with no songs. Though we never planned to have a track in it, we wanted to see Gaurav (Shah Rukh's character in the film) dance to a fun number. We also wanted to have a song that would depict the emotions of a fan. It's an exciting dance number. I am sure the audience will enjoy it."
Starring Khan in a double role along with Waluscha De Sousa and Shriya Pilgaonkar, Fan is produced by Yash Raj Films. The film is slated to release on 15 April.