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Bhavai Controversy: CBFC Issues Show-cause Notice For Pratik Gandhi Starrer For Violating Content And Certification Rules


September 25, 2021

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Bhavai just ahead of its release, Pratik Gandhi starrer Bhavai faces trouble as CBFC issues show-cause notice for violating content and certification rules

Bhavai is all set for a theater release and has Pratik Gandhi make his Bollywood debut as a lead and marks Hardik Gajjar’s directorial debut in Bollywood.

Bhavai’s original name was ‘Ram Leela’ but it seemed to have hurt sentiments of a certain part of the community and had got alot of backlash in the same.

An official statement was passed by the makers on the social media which said that With due respect to the concerns regarding the title of the promo and dialogue in the promo, we wish to clarify that the dialogue and the above title ‘Raavan Leela’ is not part of the film and has been removed from the promo as well respecting the sentiments of the viewers. The film ‘Bhavai’ has been approved and passed by the Censor Board of Film Certification under the ‘U’ category.

CBFC has now stepped in and objected to this title change since it was done after the board granted the certificate to the film, which is in contravention of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules.

Prasoon Joshi, who is a CBFC chairperson shared that CFBC has sought explanation from the makers of Bhavai for flouting certification rules and tampering with the content of the film. He also shared that CBFC has always tried to stay true to its guidelines and has been making the certification process as smooth and systematic as possible. However, want to clearly state that flouting the rules of CBFC certification is not acceptable as it compromises the role of systems and balances. Further, it also portrays the industry in an irresponsible light.

Hence, the CBFC has sought an explanation from the filmmakers by issuing a show-cause notice and their reply is under consideration at present. Appropriate action will be taken as per the rules and guidelines in due course.

‘Bhavai’ also stars Rajendra Gupta, Rajesh Sharma and Abhimanyu Singh in pivotal roles. Presented by Dr Jayantilal Gada (Pen Studios), produced by Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Aksshay Jayantilal Gada, Parth Gajjar, and Hardik Gajjar films in association with Backbencher Pictures, the film is set to release in cinemas on October 1, 2021.

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