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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 174m 3s

Release date 26/01/2012

BBFCInsight Contains strong violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Karan Malhotra

Cast includes Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Katrina Kaiff, Rishi Kapoor

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 16/01/2012

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AGNEEPATH is a subtitled Hindi language drama about a young boy who grows up vowing to avenge the killing of his father by a lynch mob. The film was classified '15' for strong violence

There are numerous scenes of violence which exceed the moderate violence allowed for by the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12'. These include a prolonged sequence showing a man being beaten until his entire robe is bloodied, after which a rope is tied around his neck and he is hoisted up on the branch of a tree and left to hang. There is some focus on his contorted face, and his legs and feet juddering as he dies, but this is not sustained. The scene is later repeated in flashback along with similar images from another hanging. There are a number of other sequences of bloody violence, mostly featuring fighting between rival gang members. These include blood sprays from throat slashes and stabbings and blood spurts as bullets enter or exit the head or torso. These are mostly very brief and do not dwell on the infliction or pain or injury and are therefore permissible at '15' where the Guidelines state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'.

AGNEEPATH also contains one shot of implied cocaine snorting, as well as frequent references to cocaine, including one about the drug making people 'feel like they're flying'. Additionally a villain is shown to take pleasure in emphasising the youth and beauty of young girls whom he sells in a market to the highest bidder. Finally there is some moderate language, for example 'you little prick' and a reference to 'whores'. A few scenes show characters smoking, but the film contains warnings that 'Cigarette Smoking is injurious to health'.

Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

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