Do we need a censor board at all, I do not think so?

India
August 11, 2011 10:53am CST
Hi Friends, You might be aware of the issues that is going on with the latest movie of Prakash Jha based on reservation. 3-4 states has banned this movie to be released in their state. This is the good time to ask if we really need a censor board at all, especially one that functions-directly or indirectly-under the government. It has been some years that the body has been renamed from the almost Soviet-sounding Central Board of Film Censors to more benign Central Board of Film Certification. This movie is already passed by censor Board and still not allowed to be released in 3-4 states. If CMs are deciding if movies should be released in their state or not, let them be the Censor board for their state or why to have Censor board at all just for the sake of it.. Let the CMs of the state decide if movie should be released or not. What do you say?
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@oindy54 (3446)
• India
11 Aug 11
Yes I absolutely agree with you.There is no meaning for the censor board to remain if even after being passed by them the movie cannot be released in some states.There is a huge controversy over this movie.However one good thing for the film is that it is getting a lot of unwanted publicity even though it is negative publicity because of this furore over it in India.I see no reason for the movie being not allowed to release at some places.Any film-maker has the right to express his way of thinking which may not tally with the opinions of all.But that is artistic freedom.Anyway any publicity as they say is good publicity and I am sure this movie will be a hit just in terms of box office collections as the curiosity surrounding it is huge.I for sure am going to watch it within a day of its release!
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• India
24 Aug 11
I watched this movie and did not find anything which is objectionable, people or the state heads who were opposing release of this movie were just trying to take political advantage. Everyone was was so sentimental about this movie but there was nothing in the movie which one can not accept. It is a pure content movie, one should watch. Thanks for sharing.
@oindy54 (3446)
• India
24 Aug 11
I watched this movie too.I agree with what you have said.I found nothing disagreeable in the film,no issues that may spark a controversy or make people angry.I do not know what was the reason to make such a huge controversy out of this film for nothing.There are no inflammatory or objectionable scenes either.In fact I really enjoyed the movie with my family.
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• India
25 Aug 11
These people who were opposing this movie were trying to gain some political mileage and nothing else.
@kiran8 (15388)
• Mangalore, India
11 Aug 11
Hi Ajay, In India the film audience is still not mature enough to handle certain issues both sensitive or otherwise...Reservation is a very touchy subject and politicians definitely will never take a chance, because it may back fire on them.I personally feel that India is still not ready to do away with censor board. No country in the world is free of censorship, the rules and regulations may differ...
• India
25 Aug 11
I do not see that immature audience but there are immature politicians, they were not happy with the title of the movie, I did not get any bad words from the viewers of this movie its just pure politics. Thanks for sharing.
@kiran8 (15388)
• Mangalore, India
25 Aug 11
I was generally commenting about censor board and its implications - as for the film you mentioned, it is supposed to be very good and I intend to see it as well ! But on the whole censorship is a complex subject ...
@preethaanju (3000)
• India
12 Aug 11
Yes Censor Board cant be dispensed with completely.When films depict vulgarity in excess obviously the board has to step in.But times are changing.There was a time when films depicting social problems like communal riots were not allowed to be screened citing flimsy security reasons.But the Supreme Court went ahead and gave the green signal to release "macchis" a tele serial based on communal riots during partition.All films based on social economic issues must be given permission in toto without any cuts
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• India
25 Aug 11
You are right my friend, Supreme Court is Supreme but they cannot get in into every matter. thanks for sharing.
@grvdubey11 (1882)
• India
11 Aug 11
Good point ,unfortunately Indian society is full of hypocrites who just want to close the eyes on truth and does not have respect for opinion of others.As we all know movie is a directed by director and the script is of a script writer,so how hard it is to understand that a particular movie is the opinion or version of the makers of that movie,you may not agree with it so just don't watch .This is absolutely ridiculous and unacceptable in a democracy.What message we are giving to the world that Indian society is so immature that a movie can bring unrest to a society.Then people complain that Indian film industry is far behind from Hollywood and other movie industries of the world,i am sure there are many film makers in India who have the ability to make issue based sensible movies, but they fear that these hooligans and hypocrites will do everything to harm their movies , hence most of them make popcorn or time-pass kind of movies with no sense at all.I have couple of examples, while watching a movie based on Shah Jahan i was completely shocked to see him being shown a kind hearten lover king ,in reality he was a cruel ruler and there are many instances of his cruelty in history but if any film maker showed the real history i am sure that movie would have faced lot of resistance and opposition.Also the example of the movie WATER which was shelved due to protests and was based on truth about how widows were harassed and exploited in the name of religion.Same is the case of this movie Aarakshan ,why are people so afraid of reality being shown in movies,if a society is not brave enough to face real and practical things why to take pride in it by calling it a democratic and cultured society.
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• India
25 Aug 11
True, govt organizations are action similar as you pointed, I do not thing that people has got problem facing reality but these politicians are the one who want to take advantage of anything. Thanks for sharing.
@vandana7 (67540)
• India
11 Aug 11
Hello Ajay..I agree Our leaders out here have been resorting to seditious speeches, and a lot of stuff that incites people. They've even indulged in physical abuse of a senior government staff member. But there has been no action against them. There is no action against people who burn buses and pelt stones on other's properties but we do feel like suppressing things that would damage vote banks. Who gives rioters rights to damage public properties or private properties. Public properties are bought from taxes paid by hard working people, and they are used by people who cannot afford other forms of transport. Why hit on the belly of hardworking people who will eventually have to pay more taxes to buy another bus or train? Beats me. May be I amnot intelligent enough to see logics in this. In comparison, that is just a movie!
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• India
25 Aug 11
I totally agree with you, politicians want to select things as per their convenience only, they are not bothered about common man like me and you. Hope things will change in future. Thanks for sharing.
• India
11 Aug 11
In India, Politicians are the ultimate censor boards.
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• India
24 Aug 11
You seems to be sounding true:) Thanks for sharing.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
11 Aug 11
My question is what is the Censor Borad you seem to be conserned so much about? The one that rates the Bollywood Movies with U or A or U/A certificates? If this is the one, then who cares about implementation? Come to my place and when you visit a theatre with A-rated movie you would find school kids being allowed in! All this hype about the particular movie that you mention is just to draw attention as they did for Bombay, Dil Se and plenty of such movies. Anything Political in India will sell more if the "Ban" Tag gets attached. "Controversy" is getting older and is now replaced with "Ban". And then, when this will release there, it would be Tax Free - "Bandit Queen" was an example.
• India
24 Aug 11
Rules and regulations are different based on cultural differences so school kid is not allowed to watch A-rated movie in our country. As you rightly said it was just to draw attention and not to protect interest of some peoples. Thanks for sharing.