'Angels & Demons' makes cut in India


"Angels & Demons" has been cleared for release in India after cuts by the country's censor board that gave the film an "A" (Adults, for viewers above age 18) certificate, taking into account the views of Christian groups here who had opposed the film's release.

Sony Pictures Releasing India said Friday that "Angels" will bow here May 29 — the film's worldwide release date is Friday — and include dubbed versions in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu.

Following reports that Christian groups opposed the film's release, the Mumbai-based Central Board of Film Certification organized a private screening for groups like the Catholic Bishops Council of India.

"We wanted to first take their opinions to see what issues they had with the film before taking a final decision on the certification," CBFC regional officer Vinayak Azaad said.

"We requested the CBFC to delete some scenes depicting violence and strong language and to give the film an 'A' certificate," CBCI spokesperson Father Babu Joseph said. "We … only wanted to ensure that the film doesn't end up portraying any distortions that could mislead viewers. Otherwise, 'Angels' is like any typical Hollywood thriller." (partialdiff)