By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Akshay Kumar has reason to rejoice. His film Singh Is Bling has been cleared by the censor board with a ‘UA’ certificate…But with some crucial cuts.
Those scenes that had earlier offended Sikh cultural organizations have now been duly censored.
Says a source close to the project, “The censor board was very clear on the issue of cultural policing. Only if the objectionable scenes were seen to disobey the censor guidelines would those scene be censored.
There were two such scenes which Sikh organizations objected to and which the censor board has decided to delete from the film. One of them has Akshay Kumar using his holy kadaa (iron bangle) like a weapon and the other scene shows Akshay Kumar’s turban catching fire. These two scenes have been censored.The rest of the film had no objectionable scenes at all.”
However the ‘UA’ censor certification is a bit of a setback since Singh Is Bling was purposely aimed at Akshay Kumar’s younger audiences.
Adds Prabhudheva, “We’ve aimed the story at kids. The ‘UA’ certificate doesn’t mean children are less important to the film. It just means they’ve to come with their parents. Once they do Akshay and I promise them a grand time,” promises Prabhudheva, adding that this was the most original film he has made.