Khaali Peeli starrer Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter is releasing on 2nd October 2020 in limited theatres in Bengaluru and Gurugram. Since the release was no longer limited to just Zee Plex, it was sent to the Central Board of Film Certification and returned with some inessential edits.
CBFC’s editing was not just limited to expletives but also removed dialogues referring to ‘virginity’ such as ‘Dus saal tak virgin raha; hold karke baitha tha’ and ‘virgin bhramachari’. Some lustful gazes at the character played by Ananya were removed along with ‘explicit and sensuous visuals’ of the song Dil Mera Tehas Nehas. Words like ‘harami’ and ‘item’ were either omitted or replaced. For instance, ‘item’ with ‘ladki’, ‘r****i’ with ‘aunty’ and ‘Maa ki’ was replaced with ‘Bhains ki’.
The CBFC asked the makers of Khaali Peeli to show a disclaimer at the beginning saying, “no one related to this film supports objectification and exploitation of women and children.” They also asked them to increase the font size of the cancer warning.
The film also features Jaideep Ahlawat from ‘Pataal Lok’ and was directed by Maqbool Khan, who is doing his debut as a director. Produced by Zee Studios, Ali Abbas Zafar and Himanshu Mehra, it was announced in September 2019 and supposed to be released in June 2020 but got delayed because of the lockdown.