India: Two superhero blockbusters suffer cuts
Latest Ryan Reynolds vehicle ‘Deadpool’ and upcoming Ben Affleck picture ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ face cuts by India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for nudity, violence and profanity, reported DNA India and Hindustan Times in February and March 2016.
‘Deadpool’ suffered seven cuts that got rid of most of the film’s profanity, removed all references to male and female genitalia, shortened both a love scene and one that takes place in a strip club, and cut some violent scenes, according to Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, the new Batman flick set to open in India on March 25 2016 survived generally unscathed with “one visual cut of a fleeting nude figure” and was given a UA rating, meaning underage viewers can attend the movie if accompanied by an adult, DNA India reported.
Earlier in Janaury 2016, the CBFC made substantial cuts to Quentin Tarantino’s latest epic ‘The Hateful Eight’.
» DNA India – 1 March 2016:
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» DNA India – 11 February 2016:
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