Action-thriller Race 2 faces indecency charge 0
Race 2 actor, Anil Kapoor. (WENN.COM)
Race 2 has proven too racy for its own good. According to Indiatimes, members of the Delhi High Court reacted strongly to a charge that the film displayed violence and nudity at a public interest litigation hearing on Wednesday.
The complaint against the action-thriller was filed by social worker Teena Sharma who said she was disturbed by the nude scenes and racy dialogue.
With a cast featuring Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, the film was given a UA rating by the Central Film Certification Board, commonly known as the Censor Board. Such a rating is roughly equivalent to PG-13 in Canada.
The complaint challenged the UA rating, noting “the film had been screened in 50 countries and graded as an adult movie in 40 countries … The contents of the film are highly objectionable and therefore the film got an A rating (restricted) for screening in the U.S. and Britain.”
“Please think where the film industry is going. You are teaching indiscipline to children,” chief ustices D. Murugesan and V.K. Jain said at the hearing.
The court has sought a response from the Censorship Board, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and the Delhi Government.
Censorship has always been something of a hot issue in India. While the country’s constitution guarantees freedom of expression, limitations are placed on content considered threatening to communal or religious harmony.
The challenge is what’s considered immoral or threatening can be interpreted subjectively. To complicate matters further, there’s been a massive value shift between different generations. Additionally, the censor board has been the target of harsh criticism for being too restrictive in the past.
Although Race 2 received mixed reviews, it enjoyed significant box office success, suggesting audiences were generally not offended by the content. But the outcome of this case could set an interesting precedence for Bollywood and inspire more drama than the movie itself.
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