I am writing this post after getting “inspired” by an article which appeared in the TOI a few days ago. It threw some light on the puzzling behaviour of the censor board. The movie called “Turning 30” apparently has been attaining a lot of flake because of its bold scenes and dialogues.
The dialogue under the scanner is something like this “just because I slept with you doesn’t mean I’ll marry you”, which according to the censor board is not fit for children (oh, well, ya, whatever). The producers of Turning 30 are not amused. They argue that munni putting zandu balm on her bum and Sheila showing off her jawani is acceptable (!!!!) but not a women speaking her mind (double standards indeed, I say). Mr. Prakash Jha (producer) also said this : “A women cannot speak her mind saying, ‘This is what I am’, but she can show herself in the most vulgar manner on screen. Ek aurat soch kaise sakti hai? She is an object, an item- that’s what our current censorship standards show.”
I absolutely agree with Mr. Jha. I fail to understand why no one raises any eyebrows at the stupid shows which are aired on the TV (more accessible to the children). Have you ever noticed those silly, so-called comedy shows? Full of cheap jokes. Watching them with family is totally out of question. Are they good for the kids? Huh? Or those mind boggling shows supposedly for women empowerment and addressing of social issues. Sometimes I wonder do they bring out the “social causes” to prevent them or promote them. Many a shows are shown promoting dowry, in very subtle way of-course. Or slight indications on pallu, giving ideas to the people in general about the importance of it. I saw this show where a Punjabi girl is married into a Gujju family. And the very next day she is treated like a parasite, shouted at, forced to wear a saree, to cook "Gujarati food and of-course numerous taanaa's as in maa ne kuch nhi sikhaya? etc etc. I feel very strongly the fact that these particular things do provoke the sasu ma's to take action against their own bahu rani’s in the real life.
The censor board is but sleeping throughout this.
But when a movie shows real stuff (okay, big city scenario, but real nevertheless!) the censor board suddenly awakens. After the promos have been passed. They suddenly realise that “oh shit, not suitable for kids”!! Now how often is that a filmmaker actually makes a film with women (of today) in the central role? Seriously, when was the last time you saw such a movie? I can only recall Konkana Sen’s character from Wake Up Sid, but then that movie was Ranbir’s!
Anyways, I hate double standards. Also, on other thought this controversy sure must have done a lot for the publicity of the movie. Hope it is a good one!
P.S Can someone please explain why the comments of my blogs are showing up in the SPAM folder rather than in my INBOX???!!!???!!!