Press Trust of India
March 14, 2013 14:27 IST
Priyanka Chopra in a still from her item number Babli Badmash
. (This picture was posted on Twitter by @PcOurLifeLine
The censor board has changed the 'A'
certification it assigned earlier to actress Priyanka Chopra's
maiden item song Babli Badmaash to 'U/A'.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had
reportedly given the song 'A' certificate after receiving
complaint from Delhi-based women activists against
"commodification" of female body in such performances but they
decided to change it to U/A following a review.
"On Monday, CBFC put Babli Badmaash through the
Revising Committee, which cleared the track with a 'U/A'
certificate", said a statement issued by Balaji Motion
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Balaji Motion Pictures CEO Tanuj Garg said in the
statement that, "After submitting Babli Badmaash for
certification, we were informed that it would get an 'A'
because it was an item track. We informed the CBFC that the
industry was not aware of such a rule and that this would
warrant a larger discussion between both parties."
He said the CBFC was informed that there was no such
blanket directive and that songs are certified according to
The dance number Babli Badmaash was initially
granted an 'A' certificate on the ground that it was an 'item
"The CBFC is believed to have received a complaint
from some Delhi-based women's body regarding the
commodification of women in item songs," the statement said.
Priyanka will be seen wearing an edgy costume of
rubber and leather studded with LED lights - loosely
resembling the jacket worn by actor Amitabh Bachchan for
popular disco number Saara Zamana in blockbuster Yaarana
(1981)--in Sanjay Gupta's upcoming film 'Shootout At Wadala'.
The retro-style track Babli Badmaash is composed by
Anu Malik, while singer Sunidhi Chauhan has rendered the
track, choreographed by Ahmed Khan.
The film, starring John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Tusshar
Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Manoj Bajpayee, Mahesh Manjreka, Kangana
Ranuat among others, is slated for May 1 release.