The CBFC (Censor Board Of Film Certification) is worried about the word ‘Bombay’ from a new song crooned by Mihir Joshi. The question about which the film industry is worried is that in how many art works will the Board change the word Bombay to Mumbai? The word ‘Mumbai’ is given officially to ‘Bombay’ in 1995.
One person is most worried about this and he is Anurag Kashyap whose latest film is titled as ‘Bombay Velvet’. Will Anurag change the title to ‘Mumbai Velvet’? He recently resolved his issued with the board and agreed to insert the anti-smoking warning in his film ‘Ugly’.
CBFC is very clear about the use of ‘Bombay’ in Anurag’s film title. The CBFC chairperson said, “This is a State matter. The Maharashtra government officially changed the name of ‘Bombay’ to ‘Mumbai’ in 1995. And still, if filmmakers and song-writers continue to use the unconstitutional name for the city, we’ve no choice but to delete it. The city is called Mumbai, not Bombay. People like Mihir Joshi who have probably grown up in the city should know this. Making films and writing songs are a social responsibility. You can’t change Geography and History just to sound trendy.”
But may be Anuarg Kashyap’s film will become an exception to the rule. Nihalani says, “If a film is a period drama, if it is set during a time when Mumbai was called Bombay then we may consider retaining the old name for the city. However, in the contemporary context ‘Bombay’ won’t be allowed at all.”