India censors Bond snogs; social media fights back

The film censorship board of India has cut kissing scenes from the new James Bond film Spectre as these were considered inappropriate for Indian audiences, leading to a storm of condemnation on social media.

Actor Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre in Austria

Actor Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre in Austria Image by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc./Danjaq/LLC/Columbia Pictures Industries Inc./PA Wire

The hashtag #SanskariJamesBond from the Hindi word for ‘virtuous’ has been used to tweet a string of doctored images making Bond ‘more Indian’, as a satire on the censorship decision. Photos of Daniel Craig, photoshopped with Hindu vibhuti (sacred ash) markings on his forehead, have been one of the most popular subjects. Read more: 

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