What? CBFC Bleeped 'Hanuman' Reference In Black Panther

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| February 21 , 2018 , 19:25 IST

Marvel's latest presentation 'Black Panther' is breaking box-office records all around the globe with the grown-up superhero action and earth-shattering entertainment. However, the Indian Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) couldn't refrain themselves from adding an unnecessary beep to the Ryan Coogler directorial.

If reports are to be believed, Censor Board has bleeped the "Glory to Hanuman!" statement uttered by Black Panther's rival M'Baku during his tribal pray. While the mention of an Indian deity could have been an interesting addition to the Indian fans, CBFC presumed that the reference can "hurt religious sentiments."

CBFC Beeped Out A Hanuman Reference In 'Black Panther'

Winston Duke, who plays the Jabari Tribe chief M'Baku explained the contextualisation of tribe's religious beliefs. "They haven’t been affected by colonialism and all the narratives that are associated with developing a sense of inferiority and people comparing them to animals," he said.

Jabari tribe reportedly worships the gorilla god, also called “Man-Ape” in the comics. However, the word was changed to “Hanuman” in Black Panther. Duke added, "To them, this is just who they pray to, and they find their strength and agency in this religion. So being a bit gorilla-influenced was a sense of pride for them."

The star-studded Black Panther is the first ever non-white superhero movie featuring the entirely black cast led by Chadwick Boseman. The film has Michael B Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o in pivotal roles. Former first lady of USA Michelle Obama also appreciated the makers inspiring people to become heroes irrespective of their background and colour.

While the film is garnering praises from all around the globe, it is smashing records after records. Black Panther has become the second-biggest four-day opener of all time following 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' for Marvels. Exceeding the exceptions, the superhero film has collected over $288 million.