‘We are be­ing too strict with films’

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Ac­tor Pari­neeti Cho­pra says peo­ple are be­com­ing “over­strict” when it comes to al­low­ing film­mak­ers to ex­press them­selves. Cho­pra was shar­ing her opin­ion in re­gard to Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani’s ob­jec­tion to the use of word “in­ter­course” in the teaser of Shah Rukh Khan’s film, Jab Harry Met Se­jal.

The 28-year-old ac­tor says, “If there is any­thing in the film which will have a huge neg­a­tive im­pact on kids, then that should be dealt with, but there are cer­tain things about which we are over-think­ing.”

Pari­neeti is per­haps one among the many ac­tors and film­mak­ers in Bol­ly­wood who feel that the free­dom of ex­pres­sion of a film­maker should be re­spected. “I won’t name any­one, but I feel we are be­com­ing over­strict. Some­where we are go­ing against the free­dom of mak­ing films,” says Pari­neeti.

In the re­cent past, CBFC has stopped the re­lease of the film Lip­stick Un­der My Burkha on the pre­text that it is a “lady ori­ented” film. Pari­neeti feels films should be al­lowed to show rel­e­vant is­sues be­cause it can im­pact so­ci­ety in a pos­i­tive way. “Films are larger-than-life. We show things which don’t oth­er­wise hap­pen in real life in the movies. But when we over­think and start cut­ting a lot of things, then it’ll be­come a doc­u­men­tary. We should al­low that free­dom of ex­pres­sion; al­low film­mak­ers to use their imag­i­na­tive minds to en­ter­tain ev­ery­one.”

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