Censor Board: Running amok with scissors?

By HT

It could be a fight sequence in any 80s potboiler: Jackie Shroff and Aditya Pancholi punch and kick each other with the requisite dhishum-dhishum. Yet, the Censor Board found it objectionable enough to cut it.

Contrast this with recent times: Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, with its almost lyrically portrayed violence was cleared with minor changes and an A-certificate, while the 2012 blood-and-gore fest Agneepath was cleared with a U/A certificate.

While earlier, scenes with overt sexual tones almost always ended up on the censors’ hit list, in 2011, The Dirty Picture was passed without any cuts. U-certified movies such as Band Baaja Baraat or Jab We Met feature kissing scenes and nobody objects. Are audiences and film censorship in India, famous for erring on the side of prudery, finally maturing? A change in nomenclatur