Considering the recent spate of crimes that have been happening against women & reports involving trafficking of children, CBFC has been extra cautious when reviewing movies that had content/dialogues that demean women & children.
Filmmakers have to be doubly cautious now while portraying women and children in poor light. Following increase in the cases of violence against women and children, the regional chapter of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to come down heavily on films that have audio and visual content that show them in bad light. The board is strictly instructing filmmakers to cut scenes degrading women and mute double-entendres.
Movies in recent times had to incorporate several cuts because of ‘bad portrayal of women’. The board has directed filmmakers to depict rape ‘symbolically’ as far as possible, instead of showing the scenes explicitly. If the filmmaker insists on retaining such scenes, the board suggests them to opt for ‘A’ certificate.
Obviously, producers are not happy with the censor boards stand, but then the board is firm on its decision on not allowing any content that is detrimental to the interests of women and children.
Some filmmakers are even violating rules by not depicting the class of certification in their film posters, thus misguiding the audience. But the board is willing to tackle that issue as well. As they obtain an undertaking from the producers before issuing the certificate, action can be initiated for violation, and the board is going to take action against those who do not adhere to the rules.