We never fall short of those know it all’s- don’t do this, don’t do that- kinds of people in our respective lives, especially in India, where people never understand the concept of Live and Let Live. Currently in India the Censor Board or we can say Pahlaj Nihalani, the self-proclaimed Sanskari Baba, or ‘Censorkari’ we might say, has been playing the same role. And this is not a one day occurrence; the same is being replayed for a couple of years now with the tolerance withering. The sanghis along with our Censor Board shaming words and profanities as per their whims and fancies which they claim to be reasonable; but who decides this reasonableness is known only to them! Be it beeping words like ‘sala’ in Jai Gangaajal, which is just by the way a word being used regularly in India, to censoring the words like ‘lesbian’ and ‘homosexual’ in movies like ‘Aligarh’ and ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. However, on the other hand, they also passed trailers of sex comedies like ‘Kya Kool Hai Hum 3’ and ‘Mastizaade’ which was perfectly fine for the kids to see.
The most recent one being, the CBFC declaring movies on Periods as Adult rated movies. I don’t understand the reason behind this because there is not any reason. There cannot be. In certain places in India, girls start their cycles as early as at the age of 12. Courtesy the taboos surrounding Periods, girls are not educated on the same matter, which is dangerous, considering it is a matter related to their health and sanitation. When girls are not educated on menstruation, boys remain illiterate in the same subject, which is shameful. Now, in such a scenario, when an educative movie is made, it is certified as ‘Adult Only’. What will 18 year olds learn from that? They are already aware of the situation, but the censor board does not understand such simple logic. Mr. Nihalani has hardly ever been the rational man anyways.
Any reasonable Indian will see the irony of the situation here clearly. Words like ‘bhrasht’ meaning ‘corrupt’ were beeped in this movie I was watching the other day on Zee Cinema and the only thing I could think of was how, in the name of reasonable restrictions, the people in power are actually curtailing out basic fundamental rights. They are telling us what to watch, what not to watch, what to eat, what not to eat, what to wear, what not to wear and similarly, how we are turning into a Dictatorship from a Democracy. The transition is very slow and that is the reason why we are not able to understand such restrictions, but are we seriously going to let someone rule what are we supposed to see because it best suits them? I don’t think so. It is for us, the sensible and rational Indians, to speak up on this matter and protest. And that is what I am doing here right now. We deserve to be educated on the matters of corruption, sexual orientation, menstruation, and other sensible matters and the CBFC cannot and should not decide on this, instead we should. We will decide which movie we want to watch or not, or make our children watch or not, not the CBFC. After all, we are living in World’s Largest Democracy, itna freedom toh banta hai boss!