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India cinemas will not show The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo due to nudity

Sony Pictures unwilling to meet demand for blurring out nude scenes.

MUMBAI // Sony Pictures will not release its blockbuster movie The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo in India after censors demanded that scenes showing nudity be blurred.

The Hollywood film starring Daniel Craig about a journalist's search for a woman missing for 40 years was due to be released on February 10, but it ran into problems with India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

"Bare bottom and bare-breast scenes are not allowed in India," JP Singh, an official at CBFC, said.

"We objected to several scenes in The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and wanted them to be blurred."

Sony Pictures in India said yesterday that it would not compromise on the content of the film, which has grossed US$185 million (Dh679m) worldwide.

"The Censor Board has adjudged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form," it said.

"And while we are committed to maintaining and protecting the vision of the director, we will, as always, respect the guidelines set by the board."

The movie directed by David Fincher, whose previous films include Fight Club and The Social Network, is the first US interpretation of a hugely popular book series by the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson.

More than 1,700 foreign films are released in India every year after passing certification tests by India's powerful censor board.