Karan Johar is reported to have cut nine minutes of controversial footage from Siddharth Malhotra’s We Are Family. According to the Mumbai Mirror, the producer removed scenes showing children being subjected to racist abuse at school in Sydney.
Director Malhotra said the cuts were implemented to prevent unwanted controversy, after a series of attacks against Indian students in Australia. “We had written the script around two years back and at the time there was never an issue as far as racism in Australia was concerned.”
A source confirmed to the tabloid: “Nine minutes have been chopped from the film. Karan strongly felt that the scenes should be removed.”
Johar’s last film My Name is Khan came under criticism for its representation of African American characters in the US.
We are Family opens on September 3rd and stars Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal.