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Udta Punjab –  Girta (Falling) Censor Board

Discretion: I leave it to the sole discretion of the readers to decide whether they want to read the word Censor Board in this blog as “Censor Board” or Nonsense, Oops “Nonsensor Board”. However, I want to make it very clear that, by all means, my good intentions are to address it as Censor Board only. Now please stop giving me those mischievous looks. My-My, do you seriously believe that I meant Nonsense Board? *Rolls my eyes* OMG! You guys are smart enough and I don’t think that smart people actually need any kind of censorship, for that matter.

At the outset, I fail to understand the reason behind so much hullaballoo going on the issue of censorship axe ‘advising’ (to be read as ‘threatening’) to slash away the scenes from an upcoming film “Udta Punjab”, which is based on the drug menace that is haunting one of the states of India? It’s beyond my intellectual competency to figure it out that what’s wrong in that? Can’t a board perform its duty diligently? I mean, till now, with my tiny brain, what I could understand is that “to ax” is the foremost duty of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which is often referred “out of love” as Censor Board.

Oh wait, by any chance, does the “issue of certificates for films” also falls under “one of the many” responsibilities that the Censor Board officials carry on their shoulders? On a second thought, I guess yes, the board was initially formed to issue the certificates for Indian films, but it has always functioned in a manner of a ruler who is so engrossed in the intoxication of his/her position that he/she only loves to flaunt the axing talent, ‘mostly’ at places where it is not required by any standards. No wonder the honourable High Court in the “Udta Punjab” case advised the Censor board “Don’t act like a grandmother”. Wow, what an Appreciation Certificate, the Board “that certifies films”, got from the honourable High Court. Kudos to the learned officials of CBFC! Sigh, at what level you guys have taken the board too.

Once again the Udta Punjab censorship controversy raises questions on the working style of the Censor Board and the competency of the officials holding important positions in the office of CBFC. At the same time, whenever such controversy arises with regard to suggesting cuts in a film by the Censor Board, a lot of insane questions keep hammering my mind. The questions that usually irritate my brain cells are like – Whether the cuts advised by the censor board were actually required or not? Whether unsolicited censorship is intentionally or unintentionally killing the creativity somewhere down the line? Whether it is sending a wrong message to the film industry and thereby to the society as a whole? Whether the cuts were the sheer result of some kind of rivalry between the Board officials and the people associated with the respective film? Whether it is just another kind of a propaganda stunt to gain publicity? Whether the people responsible for managing the affairs of the board are competent enough or not? Whether the Censor Board is actually performing its duty of censoring the cheap and objectionable content or not? Whether the Censor Board is even concerned about the impact of objectionable, cheap, double meaning and porn content that is easily accessible to those who are not even adult yet?

Our beloved Censor Board has travelled a long way, from the days when it refused to grant UA certificate to a film, until and unless, the scene where the actress was not wearing a Dupatta (Scarf) covering her neck was removed from that film to the present day, when movies which are cheap by all standards i.e. both visually and vocally are served to the public. It is a high time for the officials governing the Censor Board to do introspection that whether everything in CBFC is functioning properly or not. Else fingers will continue to be raised on their functioning and people will be forced to ask them that were they sleeping when someone was humming songs like “Bhaag bhaag DK Bose, DK Bose, DK Bose, Bhaag bhaag DK Bose DK bhaag” orI swear! choti dress mein bomb lagdi mennu“? Oh, I am sorry, the double meaning words are beyond censorship arena, right?

To be honest, I am really scared whenever such objectionable material is being telecasted on the television and the kids in my home are innocently enjoying them because of the peppy music “without even knowing the actual meaning of these sick words”. The present era is of “easy access” to everything. Now, that is where the real censorship should be levied upon. Easy access to porn on websites, easy access to ‘A’ certificate movies, you name it and it is easily accessible, everything seems to be just a click away. I feel helpless at all such times, whenever I think about easy accessibility of such objectionable material, which is undoubtedly in the reach of our innocent kids. God knows how badly it is going to impact the future of our kids.

Wake up guys before it is too late else the smart public will censor the Nonsensor Board itself. I do hope that the Censor Board takes appropriate steps to revamp its functioning and will divert its energy and resources in censoring the objectionable material, rather than censoring the creativity. May the Censor Board soon turn into a Sensible board from the existing Nonsensor Board.

I wish that the almighty bless each one of us with good sense.

God bless you all!

Peyush Jain