Film censors to Mr. Bond: No kissing please. We're Indian

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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's film censor authorities have ordered that kissing scenes in the latest James Bond movie, "Spectre," be shortened before it is released in the country.

The Central Board of Film Certification has ordered that four scenes in the new James Bond film be trimmed, including at least two kisses between the lead actors, Daniel Craig and Monica Belluci.

The decision to reduce the length of the kissing scenes was trending on social media Thursday as Indians mocked the prudishness of film certification authorities.

Earlier this week the film certification board gave "Spectre" a U/A rating suggesting parental discretion for children under 12. The film will be released in theaters on Friday.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, scores of Indians used the satirical hashtag #SanskariJamesBond, or "traditional James Bond" to ridicule the cuts.

"James Bond's women must be feeling so safe now that our Censor Board is there to protect their honor from that creep," said Bollywood director and producer Shirish Kunder in a tweet.

Compared to Hollywood, movie norms in India are extremely strict. Censorship authorities often order filmmakers — both Indian and foreign— to chop scenes deemed offensive. Films with graphic content can be barred completely.

In years past, Indian filmmakers circumvented censors by showing two flowers bending and touching when they wanted to depict a kiss between the hero and heroine.

Public kissing is frowned upon in India's conservative society, and even a peck on the cheek can upset some people. An arrest warrant was briefly issued for Hollywood star Richard Gere in 2007 after he kissed the cheek of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS awareness rally.

Indian movie directors and producers have grown fed up with what they see as curbs on their creativity. Many in India's vibrant movie industry see the censorship board as an outdated and bureaucratic irritation and regularly push for censors to allow more.

"It is quite ridiculous that in this day and age the censors should be cutting out or abbreviating something like a kissing scene from a film," The Times of India newspaper said Thursday in an editorial about the Bond film.

Cuts should be limited to scenes that might threaten public order "or where it transcends reasonable limits of vulgarity or violence," it said.

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Film censors to Mr. Bond: No kissing please. We're Indian
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 31: Stuntmen perform a battle hanging from a helicopter during the filming of the latest James Bond movie 'Spectre' at downtown streets of Mexico City on March 31, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 31: Stuntmen perform a battle hanging from a helicopter during the filming of the latest James Bond movie 'Spectre' at downtown streets of Mexico City on March 31, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 26: Daniel Craig is seen on the set of 'Spectre' on March 26, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clasos/GC Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 26: An actor is seen on the set of 'Spectre' starring Daniel Craig on March 26, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clasos/GC Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 26: Daniel Craig is seen on the set of 'Spectre' on March 26, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clasos/GC Images)
We are pleased to announce that @SigmanStephanie has joined the cast of #SPECTRE as Estrella http://t.co/63ibzmlFFz
Built for Bond: Aston Martin debuts new car for #SPECTRE #DB10 Read more: http://t.co/CprflaSa1y http://t.co/XxRjbIeiJO
British actors Daniel Craig (L) and Ralph Fiennes (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
... Ralph Fiennes as M. http://t.co/YxYbYC2xwC
And welcoming... Andrew Scott as Denbigh http://t.co/UNBlMoBmXz
...David Bautista as Mr Hinx http://t.co/tJxGnt5tct
...Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra http://t.co/41klBClFzN
...Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann. #SPECTRE http://t.co/DR7DfAWkb1
And Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser! #SPECTRE http://t.co/CPUXDDf0jt
And returning as 007 is Daniel Craig. #SPECTRE
Ben Whishaw at this morning's #Bond24 announcement... #SPECTRE http://t.co/kw29gdYMc2
... and Naomie Harris at the #Bond24 announcement... #SPECTRE http://t.co/ovRErakgzO
... here's Rory Kinnear (Tanner) at this morning's #Bond24 announcement. #SPECTRE http://t.co/NV0De1u2tk
And finally, Director Sam Mendes at this morning's #Bond24 announcement. #SPECTRE http://t.co/syCB11Defd
Returning crew: writers John Logan, Neil Purvis and Rob Wade… Production Designer Dennis Gassner… Composer Thomas Newman... #SPECTRE
#SPECTRE will be filming at Pinewood London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee, Austria
2nd Unit Director Alexander Witt, SFX Supervisor Chris Corbould, VFX Supervisor Steve Begg...#SPECTRE
... Costume Designer Jany Temime and Stunt Coordinator Gary Powell. #SPECTRE
Sam Mendes has welcomed to the crew Director of Photography Hoyte Van Hoytema and Editor Lee Smith #SPECTRE
Here is the first teaser poster for #SPECTRE. Coming 6th November 2015. http://t.co/khD4I92NUz
British actors Daniel Craig (L) and Ralph Fiennes (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actors (L-R) Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Naomi Harris (L) and British actor Daniel Craig (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Naomi Harris (L) and British actor Daniel Craig (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actors (L-R) Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Naomi Harris (L) and British actor Daniel Craig (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actor Ralph Fiennes poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Naomi Harris poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British director Sam Mendes poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Filipino-American actor Dave Bautista, British director Sam Mendes, Austrian actor Christoph Waltz and Irish actor Andrew Scott pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian actress Monica Bellucci (L), French actress Lea Seydoux (C) and British actress Naomi Harris (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian actress Monica Bellucci poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
French actress Lea Seydoux poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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