"Dragon Tattoo" banned

Lead actress Rooney Mara is reportedly involved with the said 'controversial' scenes in the movie.

1 Feb – Recently, Sony Pictures' international offices released a confirmation that the 2012 blockbuster remake of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" will not be screened in India, as there have been numerous demands made by the censorship board to blur all scenes of nudity, according to Reuters.

The thriller features "James Bond" star, Daniel Craig, as a journalist hired by a rich industrialist in search of a woman who is believed to be murdered 40 years ago, only to discover a conspiracy that could cost him and his eccentric investigative partner (Rooney Mara) their lives. The David Fincher directed movie was due to be released in cinemas on 10 February, but following issues with India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), screenings have been cancelled.

"Bare bottom and breast-baring scenes are not allowed in India," said J.P. Singh, an official at CBFC.

He added, "We objected to several scenes in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and wanted them to be blurred, however, this did not go too well as these scenes were deemed vital."

On a related note, previously, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" was also removed from Malaysia's original 2012 cinematic line-up, only to be brought back and rescheduled for a late February release. This could be due to multiple Oscar nods it has received, as well as the critical acclaim the movie met with in Singapore, which saw an early 2012 release to a R21 rating.

"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" releases in Malaysia come 23 February 2012. However, as the highest level of classification in Malaysia is only 18, there is a possibility that it may subjected to severe censorship.

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