Besides a lot of erotic scenes and kisses, Ranveer Singh exposed his butt in the film. Yet it was given an U/A certificate which sparked a controversy.
Earlier films like Tamasha, Udta Punjab and Spectre were trimmed by CBCC. However, as per the CBFC honcho Pahlaj Nihalani, it’s just a matter of context. In an interview with DNA, he said, “We shortened Ranveer Singh’s butt shot quite a lot. Right now it’s just a glimpse, no more. What’s wrong with it? He is alone with his girlfriend in a room. They are doing what couples do when they are alone. Why is a butt shot objectionable? We’ve allowed butt shots in some recent Hollywood films. Also in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail.”
Pahlaj also defended the very frequent and intermittent kissing scenes in the film.
“See, unlike Ae Dil Hai Mushkil , Spectre or Tamasha where the kisses were done in lengthy shots, in Befikre the kisses are scattered and largely fleeting and all over the place. They are part of the narration. As a filmmaker, I know what can be cut without hampering the flow of the narrative. In Befikre there is no way we could cut the kisses without interrupting the flow of the story. Aditya Chopra has treated the kisses as part of the story. If we removed the kisses we’d be hampering the storytelling,” he justified.
Pahlaj concluded defending all his decisions, saying, “We’ve cut all the close-ups of the kisses and the climactic kiss has been reduced by 50 per cent. The rest we couldn’t cut for apprehension of being accused of creative interference.”
The reports suggest that Befikre was passed by Censor Board due to the influence of big production house Yash Raj Films.