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Paoli too hot to handle at home

- Blush & ban censor board wields blue brush to blot body
For rest of India
For Bengal

Yesterday: No sex please, we are Indian.

Today: No sex please, we are Bengali.

Our very own Paoli Dam is proving too hot for our West Bengal Board of Censorship to handle as it has decided to use blue ink to blot out her dare-bare display on the posters of her Bollywood debut. The Hate Story posters are, however, being shown unhindered in the rest of the country.

“At least two images cannot be shown to the public because they are too obscene. We have passed six images, subject to amendments,” Debananda Sengupta, censor officer, West Bengal Board of Censorship, told Metro.

The amendments in question? Covering her bare back (see pictures top) and a hint of cleavage on the posters with blue ink. And the banned ones? “We vehemently objected to a female actress showing her bare back and also holding a pistol, and another where a man and a woman were in a compromising position,” said Sengupta.

Publicised as “India’s first erotic thriller”, Hate Story, produced by Vikram Bhatt, has the Tolly siren playing a woman scorned. “I’m sure the audience hasn’t seen such sensuality on screen in a long time. People will watch with wide-eyed wonder,” is what Paoli had told t2 about her April 20 release.

The Bengal censor squad probably watched the posters with “wide-eyed wonder” only to find “the posture and costumes provocative and obscene”.