Indian film censors have made dramatic cuts to the movie about a gay Miami drug dealer, Moonlight.
Moonlight is one of the favourite films to take out best film category at this year’s Oscar and arguably one of the greatest LGBTI films in recent memory.
But that has not stopped the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) from cutting out crucial parts of the film.
The film cut the moving beach scene between friends Chiron and Kevin, where the latter stimulates Chiron with his hand.
Also cut from the film was a brief sex scene between Kevin and a girl and expletives in the dialogue.
A unnamed source told India’s DNA news site the censors had cut vital parts of the film.
‘The censor board has ordered the entire hand-job to go. We only hear the protagonist say he is sorry for what happened. Indian audiences will not get what he’s feeling sorry for,’ they said.
‘The CBFC has done a sanskari (moralistic/traditional) job on the language of the American African community.’