The Censor Board is known for passing films like Mastizaade, Kya Kool Hai Hum 1, 2, 3, Jism 1,2,3, Murder 1,2,3. And it is also known for waking up occasionally to sexism and censoring songs like ‘Sexy, Sexy, Sexy mujhe log bole’, cuss words from Bollywood films, kissing scenes from Bond films.
Our Censor board truly has the most amazing book of guidelines for ‘censoring’ films, and when they gave the Jungle Book a U/A certification, because children are just so prone to heart attacks on watching jumping animals on the screen, we could just wince and watch as Indian censorship got vaguer by the day. One Night Stand of Sunny Leone’s released without cuts, but Bond’s kisses are way too raunchy for Indians.
Not that I mean to say that films like One Night Stand shouldn’t be shown. But there is a limit to banning films that center on social issues, and instead releasing films where women are objectified to a large extent.
So, dear Indians, don’t be surprised at the Udta Punjab ban by the Censor Board. I am sure most of you have already read about the Film Board’s decision to not release Udta Punjab, and the reason they have given is that the film has too many cuss words.
What’s interesting in this case, however, is that this order came a week after the Shiromani Akali Dal’s reservation over the movie, that apparently showed Punjabis in a ‘bad’ light.
Here’s why the film’s release is important. And why I am supremely angry at the Censor board this time.
Punjab has its state election next year and the Akali Dal is up against AAP, a party that wants to make use of the drugs issue to win over the state. Release of a film like Udta Punjab will only bring the issue more into the spotlight.
Let’s celebrate the dumbing down of the Censor Board in India, because Teletubbies is now sinister and women objectification is a trend setter. Good bye rationality, hello politically motivated decisions ready to kill art.