Government censors have said they will not allow the big-screen adaptation of erotic novel `Fifty Shades of Grey` to be shown in cinemas, a decision most had anticipated in the largely conservative country.
Dibakar Banerjee says that decisions regarding a movie's content should be left to the filmmakers and the audience, and that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should only be entrusted with certifying movies appropriately.
Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, who has courted controversy for making guidelines stricter for filmmakers, by coming up with a list of words that cannot be used in films, has now slammed his predecessor Sharmila Tagore for passing a film like ‘Omkara’.
The intrinsically violent "Badlapur", which tells the tale of a man getting even with his wife's killer, has been cleared without any visual cuts. However, the axe has fallen on the 'F' word, not once but twice over.
After the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) beeped out the word ‘Bombay’ from a new song sung by Mihir Joshi, one wonders if filmmaker Anurag Kashyap will be asked to change the title of his film "Bombay Velvet". But Pahlaj Nihalani, chairperson of the censorship body, has some good news for Kashyap.
Stunts by actors on two and four wheelers in Bollywood films encourage rash driving and should not be shown or statutory warning should be issued along with the shots, Uttar Pradesh government has advised the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
Academician Ira Bhaskar, one of the 10 members to quit the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) following chairperson Leela Samson's resignation, says they are "not Congress stooges" and were never "rebels without a cause".
Congress on Sunday kept up its attack on the government over the mass resignations from Censor Board and said that I&B minister Arun Jaitley cannot "hide inefficiency, corruption and maladministration within his ministry through a good turn of phrase".
After I&B minister Arun Jaitley said that the government maintains an "arm's length distance" from functioning of the Censor Board, Cabinet Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the body has to be blamed and not the government.
There were more resignations in the Censor Board with nine members putting in their papers protesting alleged government interference, a charge rejected by I&B minister Arun Jaitley saying the government maintains an "arm's length distance" from functioning of the Board.