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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 134m 54s

Release date 14/08/2009

BBFCInsight Contains strong violence, threat and hard drug references

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Vishal Bhardwaj

Cast includes Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 04/08/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

KAMINEY (SCOUNDRELS) is a Hindi language thriller about a pair of twins who become dangerously involved with the Mumbai underworld. The film was classified '15' for 'strong violence, threat and hard drug references'.

The film contains several scenes of strong violence, including the disturbing, stark image of a young female found dead with bloody injuries around her throat, lying face down on a bed, as well as the realistic and horrific sight of bloodied corpses scattered around a train in a particular scene. The film is, in fact, more violent than just a few individual moments and the final half and hour of the film is intense and presents a sense of strong threat until the end of the story.

The BBFC guidelines on threat at '12A' state that 'moderate physical or psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained'. The latter half of this film is stronger and more sustained in terms of tension and the dark tone, so it is more appropriate at '15', where 'strong threat is permitted'.

The film also contains several images of hard drugs (ie. cocaine, white bags of powder), as well as references and one very strongly implied image of a man snorting cocaine.

There is also one subtitled use of strong language, which does not challenge the '15' classification.


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