Censor Board tells Vikram Bhatt to reduce the usage of the ‘F**k’ word in Raaz Reboot

Director Vikram Bhatt, whose films have ran into censorship hurdles in the past, had a tough time with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for his upcoming flick, Raaz Reboot. He concedes that the cuts they asked for the Emraan Hashmi-Kriti Kharbanda-Gaurav Arora-starrer left him flabbergasted.
The CBFC told the filmmaker to cut down the usage of the ‘F’ word from 32 to 16. The original scene in question features a possessed Kriti screaming the ‘F’ word at Emraan and Gaurav in a satanic kind of succession.Vikram says the reason given to him was that `32 is too much and can’t be allowed’.
In another instance, the trailer, which was given a ‘UA’ rating for theatres, was given an A’ rating for television. The director asked his promo makers to study horror shows on TV and cut the trailers accordingly. “Out of the three 20-second promos that we sent to the Censor Board, one was given ‘UA’ and the other two were rated ‘A’. I was appalled, “he recalls.
Having had to water down the trailers considerably for a ‘UA’ rating for TV , Vikram admits, “I cannot showcase the horror film unless I use a videosharing site. But there is a huge audience out there that doesn’t even visit the site. How do I reach them?”

Source – Bombay Times

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Gaalis – Hindrance to one’s progress

logoThere are so many instances whereby children who are passionate about realising their dreams be it in sports or any other field are forced to re-consider their career option and retreat as a result of the negative influence on them by their peers and people associated with them.

In one of the instances, a young promising teenage cricketer stopped going for his routine cricket coaching. His parents were taken aback as he was a boy who had dreamt only of being a cricketer and doing his country proud like his other cricketing icons. As years went by, one day when his father coaxed him to open up and share his views on why he left cricket, pat came the reply that he couldn’t handle the gaalis that his other fellow players were using in their conversations with him.

The boy’s co-players greeted and passed remarks on each other using lewd gaalis. This became a common practise and the boy felt very uneasy in their company.

He couldn’t focus on the game, he started retreating from them. He would often keep wondering as to why they use such gaalis. It was a nagging habit to make someone a scapegoat and use a volley of gaalis to tease, humiliate and mock at others.

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GAALI FREE INDIA FB_7Our country is renowned the world over for its rich diversity. With millions of people and hundreds of languages spoken in this country, what’s common is the love for the nation. Every home in the country values the concept of family. The head of the family has the ultimate command over the family, primarily playing the role of a breadwinner, while the female is the nurturer and a homemaker.

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_5In times when running a house is not so easy and more than one family member has to work to support their nuclear or joint families, it is common to see that women are constantly struggling to be of value to their family and do their best. They are shouldering their responsibilities with their male family members be it father, brother or husbands and are working as successful professionals; multi-tasking and balancing their responsibilities at home and work with equal passion and dedication.

But on the other hand, stressful men find it easy to vent out their frustration on women around them be it at home, at work or amongst their friend circle. Women are often made scapegoats to a volley of verbal abuses in the form of gaalis.

During instances when stress seems to be engulfing the peace of many a marriages, what comes most easy for most male counterparts is to vent out their frustrations, tensions and angst on to their wives using gaalis, curse words and dirty verbal abuses. Decent conversations have taken a backseat, respect for women has gone out of the window, sense of responsibility and chivalry seems to be a thing of the past. In a country when centuries ago women were respected as goddesses are now treated as doormats. They are greeted, taunted and teased with filthy double entendre curse words. It’s not just at home that they have to bear gaalis; very often they get to hear through their peers at work and friends in their circle and sometimes through their own children as well. And it only gets worse with time.

“Is this the way to cope up with stress? For how long will women be treated as punch bags to vent out one’s frustrations?” With this thought lingering in her mind, Vandana Sethhi, the dynamic entrepreneur of Water Communications set out to initiate Gaali Free India – Swachh Bhasa drive as a Social campaign to bring back the respect for Indian languages and women.

Gaali Free India (Swachh Bhasha) is an attempt to inspire people to re-look at their vocabulary, filter words and stop using gaalis. She says, “It’s a wakeup call to respect the diction, the language and bring back respect into a woman’s life. It’s time to work towards a Gaali Free India.”

All you need to do is support this drive by logging on to www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free India Ambassador and inspire others to live a life devoid of gaalis. Your one step can work wonders for your loved ones. Pledge to never use gaalis in front of women, children, at work, with friends or in your surroundings.”

Children are learning the A,B,Cs of Gaalis!

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_06Be it at school, in the playground, at home, at high school, in the neighbourhood, most children seem to be behaving like adults greeting one other with curse words. In a Gen-Next era where mobile phones have become a part of day to day life and one cannot do without it for a minute. What’s catching up like fire is the trend of curse words floating in the form of lewd jokes, videos, quotes or simply messages. And alarmingly more and more children are exposed to reading such messages as more and more of their friends group share such messages on social networking sites and mobiles. Gaalis have become their way of life.

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_04Most innocent kids don’t even know the meaning of lewd words that seem to catch their fancy and become part of their vocabulary just because their friends use it often. While parents are busy with their own hectic lifestyles they think their kids will not interfere with their work if they are busy playing video games on mobile phones or are busy chatting with their buddies. But what they don’t seem to realise is that the kids are in fact learning the A,B,Cs of gaalis and also use it in their conversations as if it’s cool and fashionable.

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_05So who is going to monitor their behaviour and their diction? Who is going to proof-check their vocabulary and put a stop to the lewd words or replace them with inspirational words and words of wisdom? It’s time to pay attention to children and the time is now, before it’s too late! Would you be surprised if they start using lewd words and address their own family members? Think about it!

Over to you now! It’s act as responsible citizens and work towards making India Gaali Free.

Learn more about this initiative on www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free Ambassador! Pledge to never use gaalis in front of children, at work, with friend, at home or in your surroundings. Respect your language and pass on the rich language heritage to your posterity that’s devoid of the filth of gaalis! Do it for your children’s sake!


GAALI FREE INDIA FB_02India is our nation and we are proud of it. It has given us so much- our roots, our culture, our freedom, our home. We love everything about our nation, the diversity, cultures, richness, natural resources and values. We teach our children that ours is the best country in the world. Indeed it is! And it is our responsibility to value everything it has given us. Our rich cultural heritage also comes with the rich and diverse language heritage. It is estimated that over 780 languages are spoken in India. And sadly it is observed that people are disrespecting their own language by using gaalis in their day to day conversations. Gaalis have become a gaali for the country’s deep rooted values. A progressive nation is marked by busy progressive people running after success, trying to outdo time and win over businesses and profits.

In the bargain, while forever busy competing, they lose their cool demeanour, start using gaalis and curse words and try to control their emotions this way. With most people it comes easy to vent out their frustrations using gaalis in front of their family members and friends without realising that family consists of children as well. And children behave like a sponge that soaks up negativity that comes across in their life. It is appalling to see most toddlers use gaalis without even realising what they actually mean. All this just because they innocently try to emote their loved ones whom they often see using these gaalis in their day to day conversations.

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_01Their loved ones’ aggression soon reflects as their own and it doesn’t take long for gaalis to then become part of their vocabulary. And they begin to think there’s nothing wrong with it. Most young teens and youngsters greet each other using gaalis as they find it very fashionable and it gives them some kind of control over their feelings. They start using gaalis as they learn them from people around them, their elder siblings, their parents, their neighbours, their seniors at schools or while commuting in buses. There’s so much negativity- they see their parents argue, there’s peer pressure, there’s inferiority complex, there’s sibling rivalry, there’s constant pressure to perform and come out as the best student academically and in sports- Children today are equally under stress as any adult trying to meet ends and win bread. So for them gaalis come easy and it adds more to their aggression and angst. And who is responsible for all this, it’s time to ask this question and find the answer yourself? It’s time to stop using gaalis at home and anywhere you go with children. It’s time to instil the respect for languages in children and teach them the A,B,C of life devoid of gaalis. This will start when you yourself are free from the bondage of gaalis. You have to promise yourself never to use gaalis in your life so as to set a good example to your children who look up to you are their role model.

Over to you now! It’s time to inspire others and as responsible citizens, work towards making India Gaali Free.
Learn more about this initiative on www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free Ambassador! Pledge to never use gaalis in front of children, at work, with friend, at home or in your surroundings. Respect your language and pass on the rich language heritage to your posterity that’s devoid of the filth of gaalis! Do it for your children’s sake!


India is a potpourri of cultural diversity. With an estimated 1,282,390,303 people, India is the second largest nation in terms of population. It is equivalent to 17.5% of the total world population. It is believed that over 780 languages are spoken in the country. With an expected literacy rate to touch 80% by end of this year, India is a progressive nation beyond doubt … But aren’t we lagging behind in our responsibilities as true citizens? Are we respecting the nation’s rich language heritage? This thought had been nagging Ms. Vandana Sethhi, the dynamic Entrepreneur, who has always wished to do something constructive as a responsible citizen of India and do her bit towards adding value to the India’s growth story. So one fine morning she decided that under her Social initiative, she would initiate a unique drive – Gaali Free India (Swachh Bhasha) on Republic Day.
This to her was like giving another wing to our respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s Swachh Bharat campaign. Under this campaign, she wanted to reach out to the people of India and remind them about their true responsibility, first towards their own language (bhasha), the need for cleaning of one’s vocabulary filled with gaalis and curse words and working towards using swachh bhasha in their day to day life while they ensured that they keep their surroundings clean. Continue reading “UNVEILING GAALI FREE INDIA – SWACHH BHASHA INITIATIVE”