Over the last few years, the Central Board of Film Certification has made it to the headlines almost every time a movie was released because of all the wrong reasons. Whether it was the speculated ‘300’ cuts in ‘Padmaavat’ or the fact that a film like ‘Julie 2’ was cleared with no cuts, the authorities faced the wrath of the entire country. But it seems like all our rants fell on deaf ears because CBFC is back at it again.
If you have watched the record-breaking ‘Black Panther’ over the last couple of days, you might have noticed that a word was unnecessarily beeped out in a scene. It’s when M’Baku, the Jabari Tribe chief challenges King T’Challa to a ritual combat to the throne of Wakanda, on a waterfall.
The dialogue was supposed to be “Glory to Hanuman” but the word ‘Hanuman’ was conveniently beeped out.
M’Baku is also known as Man-Ape in the Black Panther comics and the Hanuman reference was intended as a tribute to the God.
But of course, the CBFC thought that it might offend religious groups in the country and we all know how that would have ended.