In Prakash Jha's Satyagraha, Manoj Bajpayee who plays a slimy politician would not be allowed to use the Hindi abusive word 'ch…tiya' although in real life politicians are often heard at their colourful best.
Hindi cuss-words have a peculiar history in our cinema. They are allowed by the censor board in films for 'Adults Only'. But not if you use them too often.
The latest censorial absurdity is to ask Prakash Jha to remove on 'ch..tiya' used by Manoj Bajpayee. Luckily for him, Prakash had another alternative word ready. He changed the word on the spot and went home with a 'U/A' certificate for his Satyagraha.
Apparently, Prakash would have been allowed to retain that one abusive term if he had agreed to take an 'A' certificate.
But then Vishal Bhardwaj's Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola had Pankaj Kapoor uttering 'bhenc..d' after every sentence. And that was given a 'U/A' certificate.
When contacted, Prakash Jha refused to get into a controversy saying, "Satyagraha is my first film where the censors cut nothing in the visuals and practically nothing in the dialogues either. So I'm happy. As for the one word that I had to replace, who knows why it was found objectionable?'