Pahlaj Nihalani Justifies Why ‘Baywatch’ Receives ‘A’ Certificate

Chief of CBFC Pahlaj Nihalani said bikini was not the reason for the cuts. While talking to a leading daily he said, “There was no rationale to cut the bikini images. For one, the series ran on satellite television in India for years and contained lengthy shots of women in bikinis. Secondly, Indian filmmakers really need to stop making such a big issue about bikinis. Go to Goa or Mauritius. The beaches are carpeted with women in bikinis. What is the big deal about such shots?”

Pahlaj Nihalani also added, “’Baywatch’ is crammed with cuss words and filthy language. We deleted portions where we thought the smutty language was unnecessary. But we’ve allowed the bad language in several dialogues because we felt cutting them took away from the flavour and intention of the words. I’d like to stress that we’ve given an ‘A’ certificate, not just for the bikinis, but for the strong language as well.”

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