The CBFC has reportedly removed all references to Kashmir in Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
The movie was supposed to have several mentions of Kashmir as the entire climax was set in Kashmir. Thr director Christopher McQuarrie wanted to shoot in India and had shared that he extensively scouted locations in the country but was denied permissions. Since he couldn’t shoot in the real locations of Kashmir, the makers instead recreated a valley in New Zealand to look like a village in Kashmir.
Apparently, the British anarchist Solomon Lane had stored the nuclear weapons that he planned on detonating. A Central Board of Film Certification’s circular dated July 19 asked the makers to remove the title card at the beginning of the sequence that identified the region as “India-occupied Kashmir”.
However, the version of the film released in Indian theatres has no mention of Kashmir – there are noticeable cuts in the final act of the film. While providing some exposition, Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust makes a passing reference to the Nubra Valley and the Siachen glacier but Kashmir is never mentioned.
“We would have loved to come to India to shoot the film. We couldn’t shoot the aerial sequence (helicopter chase sequence) in India. It was a little too crazy. So, we ended up in New Zealand. But I scouted India extensively and I would love to come to India and shoot a film,” McQuarrie had previously told IANS.
Ethan Hunt and his crew arrive in Kashmir to stop Solomon Lane’s plan of unleashing a nuclear attack on the region.
The film has received the best reviews – it holds a 98% ‘fresh’ rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.