Tabrez Noorani directed 'Love Sonia', a film about sex trafficking has been slapped with 45 cuts by the Central Board of Film Certification. The film starring Freida Pinto, Demi Moore and Richa Chadda had been already given an 'A' certificate by the CBFC.
The move has invited heavy criticism with writer Shobhaa De questioning the CBFC's decision.
All the cuss words in the movie have been removed as well a reduction on scenes of sexual abuse, according to a DNA report.
Tabrez Noorani's acclaimed movie 'Love Soniya' on human trafficking ordered 45 cuts, given an 'A' certificate. But why?— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) September 19, 2017
'Love Sonia' is about Sonia, played by Mrunal Thakur, a village girl who gets trapped in a global sex racket.
The movie also stars Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sai Tamhankar and Rajkummar Rao.
Previously, when Pahlaj Nihalani was the chairman, the CBFC had infamously demanded 11 cuts in 'Lipstick Under My Burkha', a film which talked about sexuality. The makers had to make 16 more cuts due to the presence of abusive words and kissing scenes.
Pahlaj Nihalani, infamous for demanding cuts on films like Udta Punjab, and even for the trailer of Shah Rukh Khan - Anushka Sharma starrer 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' was ousted and replaced by ad-man and lyricist Prasoon Joshi. The move was hailed as positive by major film industry personalities.