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Should Censor Board reconsider decision to ban adult films on TV?

September 1, 2012 01:39:14 PM IST
By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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Satellite rights of a film constitute a vital part of the construct of revenue these days for the filming fraternity making films in all the languages in the country. But it seems that the Censor Board is going to put a spanner in this model and vacuum it out from the kitty of the producers. Censor Board has taken a decision that it would not be telecasting films in any slot whatsoever, if it has a content, which has an element of sex and sleaze in it.

Censor Board has taken a decision that it would not re-certify the films that have been marked as A for television viewing, which means that these films cannot be shown on television. This decision has been taken with reference to Cinematograph Act of 1952.What it means is that the fans would not be able to watch GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, DELHI BELLY, JISM -2 etc. which have been sold at high premium to the satellite broadcasters.


Now while the producer has been paid the satellite rights, but the broadcaster would not be able to recoup his revenue and therefore could demand the payback from the producer and it would lead to unnecessary legal wrangling where the government could be made a party. Secondly, it would also mean that no adult film henceforth would be shown on television.

On the first hand this decision would give impetus to piracy in a big way as the kind of anticipation that is generated for a movie these days through media build ups creates a sense of anticipation and there is a vast construct of the population who waits patiently for telecast of these films. As a matter of fact such has been the nature of this segment as a business proposition that the films at times are being telecast within a month or so of having been released in the theatres.

It would also suck out a vital lifeline that was available to the new breed of filmmakers who were not able to compete commercially in the multiplexes with the producers having deep pockets. The element of experimentation that had started gaining ground with the option of viewing these new films on the satellite channels could go for a toss.

We need to understand that with the range of options available to the youth of these days; he is not dependent on a television broadcast of a film which has been classified as an adult to supposedly get corrupted in his thought process. This kind of moral policing may boomerang and therefore the Censors Board needs to think about the decision once again. The audience is quite mature these days and its mind would not be pervaded by telecast of an adult film as the option and the choice to view adult content is quite vast. The wisdom to watch or not should be left to the viewing public to decide, and moralistic stand need not be taken under the presumption that it would help in cultivation of noble thoughts. Discretion should be left to the viewers to take a conscious decision on the matter rather than being imposed by the Censors Board.


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