December 4, 2009 7:17:09 PM IST Bollywood Trade News Network
Rahul Bose's forthcoming project by IDream Production is in trouble with censor board
The promos of FIRED, a horror film have run into trouble with the Censor board, and have been deemed inappropriate to be aired on Indian Television. Reason: there was too much blood and gore as well as nudity in a sex scene between Rahul and British model Militza Radmilovic.
According to Cable television Network (Regulation) Act, TV promos with 'A' certificate cannot be aired on any Indian Channel. The producers were asked to remove nudity and tone down the violent scenes. Even after that they were informed by sources that the promos still deserved "A"! This has now upset the film-makers.
Bose feels the Censor board has forgotten to take things in the right context. "I feel we have a misplaced sense of censorship. What I feel is gory or vulgar, somebody else might not. Even for the sex scene, I feel people are more mature now and so self-censorship should be the key."
Adds Ashish Bhatnagar, CEO, IDream Production, the company which has produced the film: "We don't understand the system. At one level, we have television channels showing horror shows, and the Censor board has no control over that. On the other hand, a horror film cannot be promoted as it has content having elements of blood and gore, which have to pass through censor board which controls the film content. There seems to be double standard of censorship of content on TV. As a producer, we are not allowed to promote our film on TV. We don't know how we can put the message across to the audience that ours is a horror film if we are not allowed to show blood and gore in the promos."