The censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has a lot of things to occupy his time. Between urging people to “chamchagiri karein apne desh ke liye”(be sycophants of the country) and making laudatory video songs about the PM (Mera Desh Hai Mahan) he is engaged in the uphill task of creating a culturally appropriate James Bond for Indian viewers.
The Spectre of censorship –
So the film fraternity’s other Alok Nath, Mr. Nihalani has deemed the kissing scenes in the latest James Bond film, Spectre, are too long and will be cut. In Mr. Nihalani’s venerable wisdom the license to kill and the quaffing of martinis by the liter is fine; lip to lip osculation is not. The #SanskariJamesBond meme underscores our many hypocrisies with tongue in cheek humor:
This sanskari new Bond is different
The Twitterati responded in delight with the #SanskariJamesBond hashtag which became a top trend. (the fact that Daniel Craig looks rather nice with the moustaches is by the way). The Tweeples rubbed their collective hands in glee and erupted in an orgy of wit and vituperation against the sanskari Mr. Nihalani with some of these tweets:
Siddharth @owl_baba – Censor board has ordered to cut some scenes from new James bond movie. In other news Baba Ramdev is going to produce a Desi James Bond movie
Aashna @_clumsilly – No Censor Board, no. You got it wrong. CHARLIE SHEEN DIDN’T GET IT FROM KISSING.
@rameshsrivats – #SanskariJamesBond Chikoo and milk. Shaken, not stirred.
@bangdu – The spy who tied me a rakhi #SanskariJamesBond
Oh! And there is a #SanskariJamesBond girl as well:
Last heard, Alok Nath was planning to go watch Spetre…
You know because Bond Chumma Na Kar Payo..