CBFC should only certify whether films are good enough for family viewing. Censorship should apply to film promotion outside cinemas.
Of course, governments should not decide what movies adults can watch. But that is not the problem. The problem is that children are also being exposed to the same sort of films and other forms of entertainment as the adults are.
Films are promoted on TV, radio, billboards, magazines and newspapers. After their cinematic run, films are available on DVD and television. With explosion of TV channels, film promotion begins even before production starts. Some films have more than 100 crores of rupees riding on them. As producers simply cannot afford to a flop, they try to break rules. They go to extremes that have not been ventured before and try to gain maximum publicity from any controversy it creates. A publicity stunt works for a while but it grows stale after a while when everyone is attempting the same thing. So, a new barrier has to be broken. Over time, films become unwatchable. While older people give up, each new generation gets to think that this is how films are or have been for ever. They do not realize that films can have a decent story and be entertaining at the same time.
Most film makers follow a moral and decency code but when they see someone breaking the rules and making a whole lot of money without any cuts or punishment, it upsets them and encourages them to replicate the same success.
The BJP government is using the CBFC controversy to make it appear as if they are trying to protect the people from all the filth that filmmakers are churning out. But the truth is filth is already the staple fare in television serials and advertisements. Even cartoons are not immune from it. In midst of all this, children are being taunted by junk food advertisements as well.
The solution is to designate whether films are family-friendly or not. Only family-friendly films should be promoted on television and other public avenues where children might encounter them. Films that fail to meet this criteria should not be banned. Instead, they should be shown at different timings and restrictions should be placed on their visibility to children.
C – Child-Friendly
Child-friendly films should be allowed to be promoted in all avenues without restriction. You should be able to watch these films without squirming in your seats, without worrying about what effect they might have on your children.
A – Adults only
Films with slightly violent or risque scenes should be certified as adults only. These films should be available on cinemas without restriction for adults. Cinema officials should ensure that children are not allowed in, just as they are required to do now. The promotional material for these films should have the actual violent and risque sequences edited out. These films should not be shown on TV at all – not even with muted or pixellated sequences.
F – Freaks only
Films that have extremely revolting dialogues/sequences should be branded as for freaks only. Film makers who have run out of ideas and can only attract audiences by shocking them will always claim that censorship is affecting their “creativity.” Hence, no cuts should be made to their films. These films should be available for viewing in cinemas after 10 o’ clock without any restriction for adults. These films should not be allowed to be promoted on television, billboards, newspapers or magazines at any time. Pay-walled Internet sites and publications of private clubs should be the only avenues for promoting such films.
|Rating||Cuts||Cinema hours||TV/billboard promotion|
|A||No||Only after 10 pm||Yes with edits|
|F||No||Only after 10 pm||No|
This way there would be no censorship and children will still be protected. The censorship would apply only to television, billboards, magazines and newspapers. The morons who loudly agonize “Culture police! Culture police! Culture police!” will have to go quiet. Cinema goers will be the ultimate judges. Eventually, people will eventually return to good stories and quality entertainment, as film makers are encouraged to maximize the visibility of films. After a tired day, TV viewers will not have to sit through unsuitable programming just to get entertained. Culture busters should be left to the mercy of market forces, rather than given a leg up by controversies created by the government.
For all their claims of protecting Indian culture and values, the CBFC continues to certify soft ᵽorn movies. The actress $hakila has written a book and it has supposedly become a blockbuster. The government must make it clear that it is against a sex industry. No new ᵽornographic movies should be made. A lot of girls with dreams of becoming a film star are told that soft ᵽorn films could be their ticket to stardom. They are given examples such as Kate Winslet and Sylvestor Stallone. Foreign ᵽornographic films made before a certain cutoff year, say year 2000, should be allowed to be shown inside cinemas for adults. This can curtail incidents of sexual assaults and harassment to a great extent in urban areas. These films should be carefully selected so that snuff or exploitation themes are avoided. They should have sufficient material to attenuate the effect of excess hormones but not enough to create new problems. The number of such films made available in a year should also be limited. These films should be lumped with the after-10-pm films. Such films would cater to low-income and migrant populations, as they are unlike people with an Internet connection.
Should the government regulate the Internet to protect the children? No, children should not be exposed to the Internet at all. Children should gain extra knowledge from books. It is the parents’ and teachers’ duty to ensure that children stay away from Internet. TV exposure is bad enough. The Internet is just worse and can be extremely dangerous. There are lots of NGOs waiting to conduct sex-ed classes in schools. The govt should put an end to their dirty dreams. Our schools don’t have teachers, books, benches, or toilets. If they want to help, philanthropists can provide for those basic amenities.
As kids grow up, they will learn and discover things on their own. Humanity has survived thousands of years without a nanny state intervening in every little aspect of our lives.