Befikre smooch trailer passed, thanks to Aditya Chopra

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Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor’s Befikre trailer sees some indulgent smooching scenes.

Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor in Befikre

Amidst reports of kissing scenes being curtailed severely in most movies these days, the highly sensual trailer of Befikre has taken the Internet by storm. The trailer has surprisingly been certified U/A by the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which cited Aditya Chopra’s high aesthetic shooting values as the reason for the liberal attitude.

Compared to the hullabaloo that was created when the latest James Bond flick came under the sanskaari scanner, Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor’s Befikre trailer sees some indulgent smooching scenes. Point this out to CBFC chairperson, Pahlaj Nihalani, and he groans. “When we are strict with on-screen intimacy, people have a problem, when we let scenes of intimacy remain intact, people have a problem.”

He adds, “The images in Befikre are not about the kisses alone. It’s about a whole lot of things, about love. The trailer shows kissing as a manifestation of love; it’s not there for titillation.” Interestingly, Nihalani points out that the kisses have been shot rather well. “All the kisses are in long shots. It’s only in close-ups that kissing on screen tends to look overblown. There is a difference between showing intimacy discreetly and getting so worked up about it that the camera becomes voyeuristic. As to why the CBFC has chosen to be liberal with the trailer, it’s because Aditya Chopra’s aesthetic sense makes the kissing look natural, and not vulgar at all.”

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