Pahlaj Nihalani’s last hurrah? Trims Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez’s steamy smooch from A Gentleman
Here is one piece of disappointing news for everyone who was looking forward to the hot kiss between Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez in A Gentleman. In what could be seen as Pahlaj Nihalani’s last hurrah, the outgoing censor chief left with one final proof of his sanskaari attitude to cinema. In A Gentleman, a long torrid kiss between the lead pair was given a firm rap on the knuckles. The CBFC asked the film’s co-directors Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru to curtail Sid and Jackie’s lingering smooch. Says a source, “The lead pair’s kiss just went on and on unnecessarily, just like the smooch in the James Bond film and Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. We’ve asked them to take it easy. The film is titled A Gentleman, but the hero seems to forget his manners while kissing.
Apparently, the kiss as it was originally shot, lasted longer than all other Bollywood screen kisses including the record-holding Aamir-Karisma smooch in Raja Hindustani. As far as Nihalani’s last bid to impose a sanskaari embargo on a film goes, A Gentleman was told to cut the smooch by nearly 70 per cent and was also asked to remove an English-language expletive before granting it a U/A certificate. A Gentleman has Jacqueline at her sizzling best. She has done a pole dance in the number Chandralekha and it is touted to be rather hot. So much so, that the makers edited half of it out before submitting the film to CBFC as they wanted to make a clean film. It seems Jackie had worked damn hard and danced like a pro.
A source told DNA, “Jackie trained a lot to get every move right, and by the time the team shot the song, she was as good as a pro. But only a portion of it has been retained in the song. The rest has been edited out. The team wanted to make a clean film. They wanted to avoid all the trouble with the Censor Board, and decided to cut the song on their own.” Stay tuned to Bollywood Life for more scoop and updates.