Cen­sor Board treats us like five-year-olds, says Purab Kohli

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Sa­marth Goyal

Ac­tor Purab Kohli wel­comes ac­tor Amol Palekar’s plea in the Supreme Court which chal­lenges the pre-cen­sor­ship of films by Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC). He hopes that it will bring in a pos­i­tive change in the film in­dus­try. “It (the fight against ar­chaic cen­sor­ship rules) has been go­ing on for a long time now. People should now re­alise that films are not just made for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses,” says the 38-year-old.

In his pe­ti­tion, Palekar said that the CBFC doesn’t have any mem­ber with a le­gal back­ground, which leads the board to vi­o­late film­mak­ers’ right to speech and ex­pres­sion. He also chal­lenged pro­vi­sions of the Cine­matog­ra­phy Act, call­ing the “pre-cen­sor­ship” of films “ir­rel­e­vant” in the in­ter­net era.

Kohli agrees, and says that Cen­sor Board is very “ar­chaic” in its ap­proach. “Apart from pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment, films also help in open­ing up minds of in­di­vid­u­als. CBFC’s rules take away that free­dom from us. It [the board] treats like a bunch of five-year-olds, and thinks it can tell us what to watch or not watch,” he says.

The ac­tor be­lieves film­maker Shyam Bene­gal’s rating sys­tem is the way to go for­ward. “Clas­sify the film based on the con­tent and give them PG rat­ings. Then do the crack­down on theatres to see if they are fol­low­ing the rat­ings or not,” says Purab.

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