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Rakhi Blasts Censor Board For Deleting 'Kamine' From Album

PTI 19 Jan 2010, 20:34:32 IST

Item-girl Rakhi Sawant and singer Ishq Bector have sent a legal notice to the Censor Board challenging its directive to delete the word 'Kamine' from their album.

The duo, who are also the producers of the album, said that they have sent a show cause notice to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Thursday.

Recently the Board passed a directive that the word 'Kamine' be deleted or bleeped out from the opening verse of a song from Rakhi and Ishq's latest video album titled 'Jhagde'.

Accusing the Censor Board of "double standards", Sawant told PTI, "When they can pass an entire film called 'Kaminey', what sense does it make to delete the word 'Kamine' from our video, and that too, without giving us any reason whatsoever."

The opening line of the song 'Bhoot' goes 'Kamine Tera Bhoot Chadh Gaya Re'.

"But after the word being bleeped out, our song looks completely disjointed. This has killed its impact and sabotaged our album sales," said Ishq, who has also written the lyrics.

"Apart from the UTV movie by the same name, the word 'Kamine', having the same interpretation and meaning, has been passed by the Board in umpteen films before," Ishq said adding that the Censor Board officials have not given them any reason for their decision.

The Board, however, had raised no objections to the television promos of the number containing the verse.

 "Does the Censor Board have different norms for films, videos and promos? Or is it that we are being singled out just because we are smaller producers," Ishq said.

"The Censors are not only being unjust and biased, they are making a mockery of morality," Rakhi added.

The duo's advocate Rizwan Siddiquee said, "No act of commission or omission on the part of the Censor Board, or any officer representing it, should be arbitrary, unjust or in manner be biased or sexist. The board needs to fully understand that its acts could willfully prejudice the fundamental rights of an aggrieved party and therefore it should act accordingly." PTI