There was a report that stated Pahlaj Nihalani's CBFC has muted a lengthy scene featuring actor Suraj Sharma and Anushka Sharma, where Suraj is reciting the Hanuman Chalisa in the bathtub in order to get rid of Anushka Sharma's ghost. According to CBFC the scene was incongruous since ghosts are supposed to be eradicated not pacified with the recital of the Hanuman Chalisa. Now, if you've watched the film, there is no Hanuman Chalisa but Suraj's long droning inaudible chant. And they gave a very cringe-y reason for that. If one remembers correctly, there was a Hanuman Chalisa recital in Vikram Bhatt's 1920. In fact the whole climax of that film consisted of Hanuman Chalisa, when Rajniesh Duggal's character recites it to save his wife from the ghost. While it was used in the same context in 1920, it wasn't censored from the film. But in Phillauri it was muted. If you are wondering why the double standards on the part of CBFC, well, here is the reason and it is funny.
As mentioned above, the Hanuman Chalisa was removed from Phillauri because the ghost is supposed to run away upon hearing the chants but it doesn't, on the other side, in 1920, the ghost is exported out of Adah Sharma's body after hearing the chants. You see the reason? Isn't it interesting! Also read: Phillauri movie review: Anushka Sharma's ghost act ends up being a tiresome experience
Well, there is still hypocrisy involved. If you remember the climax of 1920, before the Hanuman Chalisa recital, it was a Catholic priest who tried his prayers to get rid of the ghost but to no avail. In fact, the ghost was seen mocking the priest and his prayers but as soon as hero starts Hanuman Chalisa the ghost runs away.
The CBFC sure works in mysterious ways...
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