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Zakir Hussain has been removed from Shaitan

Posted By: Kalyani Prasad Keshri
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Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain's name has been removed from Bejoy Nambair's Shaitan, releasing this Friday. Reportedly, it was a controversial scene, wherein VJ-actor Neil Bhoopalam uses Hussain's name to distract his mother's attention, when she walks in on him in a compromising position.

The director says that though the scene hasn't been removed, the background music in the scene has been increased to cover up the word 'Zakir Hussain'. The sequence features Neil masturbating, when his mother suddenly walks in and to distract her attention, he pretends to be searching for a music CD. The scene hears him saying, “Mil gaya Zakir Hussain'.

The scene was not accepted by the Censor Board, who asked the makers to remove the scene. There was another chasing sequence, which featured posters of Shiv Sena leaders and Balasaheb and Uddhav Thackeray. The director informed that Balasaheb's pictures have been removed and Uddhav's posters have been blurred to keep out controversies.

Bejoy is very satisfied with his film getting an A-certificate. Though he wanted an U/A rank, he has accepted the A certificate. Shaitan, stars actress Kalki Koechlin, Rajeev Khandelwal and Shiv Pandit among others. The film is slated for a June 10 release.

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