Beware! That man taking notes in the seat next to you could be a censor board plant. Starting today the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) intends to carry out flash inspections in theatres across India to check on the content accompanying Baahubali 2: The Beginning.
No, don’t get the CBFC wrong. They aren’t spying on Baahubali to see if hanky-panky has been done with the content. It is the ads that have flooded the Baahubali franchise this time, which need to be carefully monitored and censored before they can be screened with Baahubali 2 The Conclusion.
Explains CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, “In the days preceding the release of Baahubali 2 we’ve received close to 90-100 ads to be screened with the film. We’ve never in the history of the CBFC’s existence received so many ads for screening with a feature film. Each one of the ads had to be viewed by all the members of the censor board and certified.”
The CBFC fears that uncensored ads may make their way into public screenings of Baahubali 2. “Some enterprising product-peddlers may think they can slip their ads in without censor certification into theatres showing Baahubali. We’ll be checking randomly to see no ads are screened without censor certification.”