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Did CBFC Cut 'Kashmir' References from Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'?

The cuts, however, haven't hindered with the franchise's sixth edition's collections.

Anurag Verma | News18.com

Updated:July 31, 2018, 1:14 PM IST
Did CBFC Cut 'Kashmir' References from Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'?
A still from Mission: Impossible - Fallout trailer. (YouTube)

56-year-old Tom Cruise may be putting his life on the line for action sequences in his Mission Impossible franchise, but it's the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) that is making news all over again.

Christopher McQuarrie, the director of Mission: Impossible - Fallout, wanted a "politically complex" film. So he decided to scout India but couldn't shoot the aerial sequence in Kashmir as he thought it was a "little too crazy."

"We would have loved to come to India to shoot the film. We couldn't shoot the aerial sequence (helicopter chase sequence) in India. It was a little too crazy. So, we ended up in New Zealand. But I scouted India extensively and I would love to come to India and shoot a film," McQuarrie told IANS in an interview, earlier this month.

Although McQuarrie couldn't shoot in India, Mission: Impossible - Fallout did have several references to Kashmir, which were removed from the Indian release by CBFC, reported Hindustan Times.

According to the report, there are abrupt cuts in the final sequence. There are no title cards introducing the locations specific to the portion. Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Ilsa Faust, does mention Nubra Valley and the Siachen glacier but the word 'Kashmir' is beeped out.

Quint further reported that although the cuts were made, the plot remains unaffected and action sequences are still intact. There is also a mention of Indian Army.

Speaking to PTI, CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi had defended the cuts saying, "The CBFC had advised the applicant of the film Mission: Impossible - Fallout that the map shown in the film misrepresents the boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir and should be either rectified or removed. They had also referred to Kashmir as 'India-controlled Kashmir' which we have asked them to correct as the 'Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir'."

The cuts, however, haven't hindered with the franchise's sixth edition's collections. Mission: Impossible - Fallout raked 9.5 crores on its opening day in India, making it the 6th highest opening of Hollywood movie in India.

You can read Rajeev Masand's review here.

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