CBFC Modifies Fighter for Release: Hrithik Roshan-Deepika Padukone Starrer Faces Cuts Over ‘Sexually Suggested Visuals’

Fighter, starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone, undergoes modifications by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) ahead of its release.

As the excitement builds for the first major release of the year, Fighter, starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has completed the censoring process ahead of its scheduled release this week.

The CBFC requested four modifications to be made in the film. Firstly, an anti-smoking static message was required to be mentioned in Hindi. Secondly, an offensive word was muted or replaced in two dialogues—one at the 53-minute mark and the other at 1 hour and 18 minutes. Thirdly, the CBFC removed ‘sexually suggested visuals,’ which amounted to 8 seconds, likely replaced by more suitable shots. Lastly, 25 seconds of audio in a TV news visual scene underwent removal and was substituted with 23 seconds of altered audio.

Following these changes, Fighter was granted a U/A certificate on Friday, January 19, allowing its release. The film’s duration, as per the censor certificate, is 166 minutes, translating to a runtime of 2 hours and 46 minutes. Fighter is set to hit cinemas worldwide on January 25.

Interestingly, this marks the second consecutive film of Deepika Padukone and director Siddharth Anand facing CBFC cuts over explicit content. Their previous collaboration, Pathaan, underwent modifications involving the removal or curtailment of scenes featuring close-up shots of buttocks, ‘side pose (partial nudity)’ shots, and sensuous dance movements during the song ‘Besharam Rang,’ replaced with more ‘suitable shots.’


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