Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani On Friday, July 28, theaters will finally see Rocky, Karan Johar’s eagerly awaited romantic comedy. The film starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt has been given a U/A rating by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) before its premiere, albeit the CBFC has suggested some edits be made. See also: “Internet calls Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s new Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani promo lame: ‘Is that funny?'”
Pictured here is Ranveer Singh alongside Alia Bhatt in the Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani teaser.
Is It Rocky Or Rani? In his 25th year as a filmmaker, Karan is launching his eighth directorial effort, Prem Kahaani. After Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), this is his first directorial effort in seven years. Starring not only Karan, but also Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, and Shabana Azmi, the film was co-produced by Dharma Productions and Viacom18 Studios.
CBFC imposes rationing
According to a report on Bollywood Hungama, the CBFC has mandated edits and removals in order to grant Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani a U/A rating.
Behen di stands in for the vulgar ‘b*d.’
The word “bra” has been replaced with “item.”
Old Monk, a well-known brand of rum, has been renamed “Bold Monk.”
A reference to the Lok Sabha, a line about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and a line spoken at a lingerie shop that was thought to be “vulgar” and “degrading women” were all removed from the film.
The trailer’s attention-grabbing moment with Rabindranath Tagore has been changed.
The final cut of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani reportedly clocks in at 2 hours and 48 minutes.
The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Edits
The CBFC also required modifications to be made in Karan’s last directorial effort, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), a love drama starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai, and Fawad Khan, before it could be given a U/A rating. These included changing the line “kiska zyada hot hai” to “kaun zyada hot hai” and cutting “by 50%” the amount of smooching that Anushka Sharma did in the film. There were only seven seconds of actual filming time lost due to the five edits.
To avoid any issue over the casting of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, the filmmakers were also urged to include a disclaimer paying tribute to the victims of the 2016 Uri Attack.