Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s Pathaan is constantly in the news. Some fringe groups have said they will not allow smooth traffic in India. It seems that CBFC has made some changes to the film and now it is ready for release. The biggest point of controversy was the saffron colored bikini worn by Deepika Padukone in the song, Besharam Rang. Now, the Delhi High Court has issued fresh directions to the makers of Pathaan. But this is a welcome move for movie lovers. According to law news portal, Bar And Bench, the Delhi HC has asked the makers of Pathaan to add “audio descriptions and subtitles in Hindi” before Pathaan is ready for OTT release. This will make the film accessible to hearing and visually impaired moviegoers.
After manufacturers bring about the changes, they will have to submit them to the CBFC for re-certification. These changes will have to be made to the film before it hits the OTT platforms. As we know, the craze for Pathaan is huge. This is a great move to reach a new segment of people. Presiding judge Prathiba M Singh told Yash Raj Films to submit these changes by February 20 and the CBFC to take a decision by March 10. However, no decision has been taken regarding the theatrical release of Pathaan which will be on 25 January 2023. Amazon Prime Video has bought the OTT rights of the film. It appears that some lawyers, law students, and hearing and visually impaired people have applied. They want the film makers to make changes so that this segment too can enjoy the films.
It seems that guidelines have been issued to provide Hindi subtitles, but many producers are not interested in providing such facilities. Pathaan has English subtitles so far. Abhishek Malhotra represented Yash Raj Films and said the changes will be implemented in a logical manner as per the Court’s directive. The judge said producers should ensure that everyone can enjoy movies in theaters by providing such facilities.
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