INDIA: The Union Minister, Anurag Thakur, fumed over the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for approving Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan, to run uninterruptedly on the big screens amid showing adult scenes while reciting religious verse, as per reports.
According to reports, Thakur has sought a proper justification from the CBFC, which functions under the aegis of the I&B Ministry. Therefore, reportedly, the minister strongly condemned the inappropriate scene and asked the makers to remove the particular scene, whereas action could be taken against those who cleared the movie.
Reportedly, the scene that triggered the religious sentiments was between Cillian Murphy and Florence Pugh in Oppenheimer when she asked him to recite the Bhagavad Gita.
This aroused intense disruption, and Uday Mahurkar, the Information Commissioner with the Government of India, criticised the film over the same.
Mahurkar shared a press release on Twitter by the ‘Save Culture, Save India Foundation’, which read, “One is perplexed as to how the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) could approve the film with this scene.”
Uday Mahurkar tweeted press release further read, “A scene in the film shows a woman making a man read Bhagwad Geeta (sic) aloud while getting over him and doing sexual intercourse.”
The press release reads, “This should be investigated by the I & B Ministry on an urgent basis, and those involved should be severely punished.”
Currently, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is his first movie to bag an R-rating. The movie is running successfully at the box office in India, competing with Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. On the opening day, the film bagged Rs 14 crores in India.
However, the Indian censor board gave the movie a U/A certification because, according to reports, the studio trimmed portions of the sex scene’s footage to make the scene shorter.