The Dirty Picture of India’s Censorship

“Mummy, didi homosexual woman toh na hoti jaari?”

This is probably the kind of dialogue you’ll be hearing if you decide to go for Dum Laga ke Haisha.

Why?

It’s because uttering the word ‘lesbian’ is still a taboo. So much for fighting for gay rights. And if you thought this is lame, listen to this: “Bombay”. This is all you need to say to get your movie banned and perhaps the theatres vandalised by political activists.

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Cartoonist: Abhiram Chavali

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) recently imposed new restrictions on the content that could be allowed in movies. Facing a lot of backlash, they had to take down some of these. But this did not prevent them from replacing the word “Haramkhor” with “Kathor” in a film,or banning the heavily edited version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Nothing displays the hypocritical nature of Indian censorship better than this, a song produced by none other than Pahlaj Nihalani, the new chief of CBFC.

And if you still think abba ke zamaaney’s Bollywood was all Alok Nath, go watch Judaai: a movie which cheered for bigamy and threesomes. Or perhaps you’d fancy the Sridevi starrer Lamhe, a disturbingly incestuous film.

Here’s another wonderful revelation about the board – according to a statement given by Leela Samson,former head of CBFC, 90% of her fellow members were “uneducated political workers who did not understand their responsibility.” Needless to say, she quit.

I’m sure all of you might have seen the tl;dr rants about the BBC documentary on social media. The Home Ministry is considering legal action against BBC for airing it without approval. Is it right, or is it not? Well, I better not say anything here…or TDB might soon be taken down.

Let’s talk about roasting…beef. Both banned objects. The Twitterverse was ablaze with this topic recently. Memes comparing the criminal sentences of sexual offenders and beef distributers were made. Well, here’s my two cents.

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There are numerous other examples of the country’s leaders making rules because of their vested political and religious agendas.

My heartiest condolences to Anurag Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh, beef sellers in Maharashtra, AIB and others who almost lost their jobs in the past few days.
But apne ko censorship se kya darna,BC..I mean DC zindabad.

NOTE:The above article contains innuendos and subtle nuances.If the content offended you in any way…I don’t give a shit.

Avi Jain

Cartoonist: Abhiram Chavali

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