Emraan Hashmi is unhappy after the title of his upcoming movie was changed from ‘Cheat India’ to ‘Why Cheat India’, on instructions from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and called the decision ‘illogical’, ‘ridiculous.’
In a recent interview, the actor revealed that the board found the title ‘misleading’ and felt the movie showed the country in ‘negative light.’ The ‘Jannat’ star felt the CBFC members should have understood that their story is a mirror to what happens in the society. The 39-year-old added that the board wouldn’t make the ‘illogical’ move if it had an ‘open and analytical thinking’ and added that the title didn’t ‘make sense.’
He also stated that the title was revealed for a year now, and the board had itself cleared the promos, so he finds the CBFC decision ‘absolutely without any logic.’
However, Emraan is convinced that the audiences are ‘mature enough’ to make their own interpretation of the movie and were not going to judge the movie for the title, but for its content. The actor also expressed his confidence that the title change won’t affect the box office prospects or the message the team wishes to convey with the movie.
Even the lead actress Shreya Dhanwanthary stated that the censor board ‘smoothly passes’ films on violence and vulgarity but had objection to a movie with a social message.
Emraan has even changed his Twitter handle name and added 'Why' to it.
Even Abhishek Bachchan had asked, 'Why' when one of the producers, Atul Kasbekar had shared the news of the title change.
'Why Cheat India', directed by Soumik Sen, also had a change in its release date, from January 25 earlier to January 18, reportedly to avoid a clash with 'Thackeray.'