Indian censors mute the word 'lesbian' from film Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Published March 4, 2015
Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurana in 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'. – Photo credit: Scroll.in
Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurana in 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'. – Photo credit: Scroll.in

Last month, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in India issued a list of English and Hindi cuss words that were to be banned. Now the Censor Board has asked the filmmakers of Dum Laga Ke Haisha to mute the word 'lesbian' from the movie, reports Indian Express.

The word is used in a scene where the female lead, Bhumi Pednekar’s character, Sandhya is consoled by her lawyer.

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Film director Ashok Pandit, who is also a member of the Censor Board, has expressed his despair over such restrictions.

Talking to Huffington Post India, Pandit added: "This entire thing makes no sense. To mute the word 'lesbian' as though it is a swear word is to disrespect the feelings of the entire LGBT community and this decision doesn't seem to be in accordance with any rules of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, which is followed by the examining committees who rate the film."

Many people have taken to social media to share their disappointment:

The romantic comedy film has been directed by Sharat Katariya and stars Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles, featuring Kumar Sanu in a cameo.

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