18 May, 2021

Charge Of The C-Brigade

Why see evil only in C-grade films? The small-time Sultans of Sleaze question the disc riminatory attitude of the Censor Board.

Charge Of The C-Brigade

Nudity is not vulgarity, it is gifted by God, runs the introduction of Dil Pe Likha Naam Tera, a high voltage drama of sex and revenge with action and thrill which will feature the beauty queen of Burma. Along similar lines, Deepak International's Dil Deewana Mane Na blazes: The female body is the most beautiful thing in this world. And then there are other promos for under-production films which read: Aaj ki tareekh mein, first-hand ladki milna mushkil hai. Or this: Pyaar sex enjoy karne ka learning licence hai.

Now the licence to thrill is in some danger of being revoked. Films that run a shade of deep blue are in deeper trouble. In the past two months, over 15 small-budget films are believed to have been banned by the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The four-pronged objections being bandied around are: vulgar, obscene, anti-national and derogatory to Indian womanhood. And Asha Parekh, chairperson, cbfc, has made it amply clear: The present rules do not permit adult fare.

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