‘Cen­sor­ship is now a pro­mo­tional tool’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

Ever since the cen­sor­ship de­bate caught fire, sev­eral names from Bol­ly­wood have said how the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC), aka Cen­sor Board, sti­fles cre­ativ­ity. The lat­est to speak on this is ac­tor Ran­deep Hooda (left), whose film Jism 2, com­pleted five years of its re­lease on Au­gust 3. The film, which launched for­mer adult movie star Sunny Leone in Bol­ly­wood, was al­most de­railed by the Cen­sor Board, which re­fused to cer­tify it with­out some cuts. Ran­deep says, “Young­sters — the peo­ple you’re try­ing to pre­vent from watch­ing [a film’s] con­tent — are mostly on the In­ter­net. What­ever you’re cen­sor­ing is ac­tu­ally gen­er­at­ing more cu­rios­ity, and ev­ery­thing is eas­ily is avail­able on the In­ter­net, which re­mains un­cen­sored.” Like many other ac­tors and film­mak­ers, Ran­deep as­serts that the CBFC should only cer­tify what kind of con­tent is ap­pro­pri­ate for which age group, and not de­mand cuts. The ac­tor points out an in­ter­est­ing fact: how the whole cen­sor­ship is­sue ben­e­fits a film. “Look how cen­sor­ship is be­ing used to cre­ate hype around a film. It clearly has be­come a great pro­mo­tional tool [for film­mak­ers], and I sus­pect if Mr Pahlaj Nihalani [CBFC Chair­man] is get­ting paid,” jokes the ac­tor.

How­ever, Ran­deep adds that it’s un­wise to fall for the hype, cit­ing how one such re­cent re­lease turned out to be “a bloody bore”. The ac­tor says that he later found out the con­tro­versy was all planned.

IS CBFC CHIEF PAHLAJ NIHALANI GET­TING PAID BY FILM­MAK­ERS TO CRE­ATE HYPE OVER CEN­SOR­SHIP, JOKES RAN­DEEP HOODA

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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