While films like Son of Sardar and Jab Tak Hain Jaan, that released last year, have already had their television premieres, Aamir Khan’s Delhi Belly (2011) was not shown on TV channels because the actor-producer was refusing to cut the film.
The film which had a lot of cuss words and some racy scenes was not ‘viewer-friendly’ for the home audience.Aamir was insistent on not chopping anything, and so the satellite rights were not sold. But now he has agreed.
Delhi Belly had an A certificate. Such films are only telecast late at night and do not fetch a huge price because of limited audience.
Aamir was told to tone it down for TV but he was insistent about not cutting out even a single abusive dialogue. But he has finally sold it to Sahara for around Rs15 crore.
An insider, however, says that the negotiating price was the reason behind the delay of the film and not the adult content. “Aamir and Abhinav Deo had made a separate cut of Delhi Belly for the satellite telecast where the abuses had been toned down to suit family viewing. Some violent scenes and dialogues were removed or changed completely and replaced with dialogues which can be seen and heard by family audiences. They did their own editing during dubbing. The edited version of Delhi Belly will now air on television.”