The makers of Emraan Hashmi's upcoming feature Cheat India announced a new name for the movie. The new title of Cheat India is now Why Cheat India after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) reportedly raised objections to its title and the lead actor is clearly not amused. Speaking to a section of the media, Hashmi has called it a "senseless addition" to the original title of his film. "It (title) has been in the public domain for the past one year. We had the censor clear every promo of ours and suddenly now, ten days before the release, they put a 'why' in the title. It doesn't make sense and we couldn't fight it because we are days away from the release," PTI quoted the actor. Emraan Hashmi’s Cheat India Gets Renamed by Censor Board and Like Us, Twitterati Can’t Help but Ask ‘Why?’.
He further clarified and said that the original title, Cheat India, does have a negative connotation but contends that it should be viewed in the context of the film. "Unfortunately, it is how the system is. The film is showing mirror to the system. There is nothing objectionable in it. We are just showing people what lies in the system. This is what the education system is right now, it is in shambles. It is a big problem," he added. Emraan Hashmi Answers How Biopics are Made in Bollywood With Utter Honesty.
Talking about the film, it features Hashmi as a conman who ropes in toppers to write entrance exam papers of others in exchange for money. The film is a commentary on the state of education in India. The censor board had objected to the title saying that it is misleading. The producers are thorough discussions with board had bowed down to its demand and changed the title to Why Cheat India. Produced by T-Series Films, Ellipsis Entertainment and Emraan Hashmi Films, Why Cheat India is set to release on January 19.