April 20, 2024

Oppenheimer Sex And Smoking Scene Censored In India With CG Black Dresses And ‘Smoking Kills’ Signs

Spoiler Warning: The following article contains mild spoilers for Oppenheimer, discussing several scenes scattered throughout the film.

Oppenheimer teamed up with Barbie to revive the box office with great success, but audiences in some countries are noticing stark differences with Christopher Nolan’s new biopic.

The differences seem to be very sharp in India. While the runtime remains the same, major changes have taken place in some scenes based on a report by IGN India, especially the sex and smoking scenes of the film.

One significant change to the film involves Jean Tatlock, played by Florence Pugh. The scene in question is Pugh’s character talking to Cillian Murphy’s Oppenheimer, with the two sitting in a chair across from each other. The scene was changed to show Pugh’s character wearing a black dress.

Users also highlighted the sight on Twitter, which owner Elon Musk recently renamed “X”.

Other reported changes in India include the censoring of Pugh’s back. A “smoking kills” badge is also displayed on screen when a character is seen smoking a cigarette. In general, fans seem to be a mixture of unhappy and confused by the changes.

India is not the only country that censors Oppenheimer. The scene where Pugh was sitting naked was reported to have been censored in a similar way in other regions of the world, incl Pakistan and Indonesia.

It is said that Christopher Nolan chose to censor Oppenheimer

IGN India reports that the film opted for “self-censorship” by Nolan to ensure he got a “UA” rating. from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) of India. According to the CBFC websiteUA means everyone can watch the film, but children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent.

The IS CBFC FAQ page notes that films with “A” and UA” certifications mean that films with these ratings contain “adult-oriented” themes. Interestingly, IGN India reported that CBFC Oppenheimer rating changed from “A” to “UA” days before its theatrical release in India.

IGN has reached out to Nolan’s representatives for comment.

Released on July 21, Oppenheimer similarly portrays the renowned nuclear physicist as he grapples with the consequences of inventing the atomic bomb. We described it as a “thrilling thriller” in our review, saying it’s “a stirring, disturbing vision of what humanity is capable of, through its innovation, and its ability to fend off any adversity.”

Oppenheimer is one part of the so-called “Barbenheimer” phenomenon sweeping the country, embraced by Nolan and star Cillian Murphy. The trend helped propel Barbie to the best opening day at the domestic box office in 2023.

So, while it may be getting censored in some countries, it seems to be getting plenty of traction regardless. As for whether it’s historically accurate, you can read more in our Oppenheimer ending explained.

Taylor is a Reporter at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixter.

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