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The Sanjay Dutt-Kangna-Irrfan Khan thriller Knock Out is in censor trouble. The trailer has been banned by the censor board for an allegedly derogatory reference by Irrfan Khan to the 1000-rupee note.
Apparently, when someone in a scene wonders aloud why the 1000-rupee note is pink in colour Irrfan retorts, "Because it is created from the blood and sweat of the common man."
The censor board raised an objection to what they see as a derogatory reference to the Indian currency. Rather than deleting the objectionable reference, the film's makers have gone with the trailer to the revising committee.
Someone very close to the project says, "Why should the reference to the 1000-rupee note be seen as derogatory? What we've said is that politicians build their wealth on the betrayed trust of common people. Isn't that the truth? Besides in Aashayein we have John Abraham constantly throwing money around, kicking and shoving wads of currency. Why didn't the censor board object to that?"
Producer Sohail Makhlai confirms that the trailer has been stopped by the Censor Board. "It's true they object to a dialogue on the 1000-rupee note. We're now taking the trailer to the revising committee."