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CBFC was never meant to censor, but it did and people agreed to it: Irrfan Khan

Censorship, however, is not the only thing that worries Irrfan. He calls piracy one of the biggest threats in the industry.

bollywood Updated: Aug 17, 2016 18:11 IST
Samarth Goyal
Censorship, however, is not the only thing that worries Irrfan. He calls piracy one of the biggest threats in the industry.
Censorship, however, is not the only thing that worries Irrfan. He calls piracy one of the biggest threats in the industry. (Shivam Saxena/HT)

With the Information and Broadcasting Ministry planning to strip the Censor Board for Film Certification (CBFC) off its censor powers, allowing it to only certify films, the industry couldn’t be happier. Actor Irrfan Khan, too, says it’s time the industry got rid of old censorship rules.

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“We should upgrade the system for sure. CBFC is there to inform you which film is suitable for which age group. That’s it. It was never meant to censor or cut anything. It was always to certify,” says the 49-year-old, who believes the industry never stuck together regarding censorship.

Irrfan says the industry has to come together and find a solution for piracy. (Waseem Gashroo/HT)

“CBFC can’t suggest cuts, but it does and the changes are incorporated later. Why? Because people (makers) agree. And that’s why no one has been able to oppose what the board has been doing over the years,” says Irrfan.

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Censorship is, however, not the only thing that worries Irrfan. He is scared of piracy and calls it one of the biggest threats in the industry. “I don’t know what will happen to the industry if a thing like piracy continues to go on like this, so rampantly. It’s affecting the entire industry. I feel threatened and vulnerable as an artist,” says the 49-year-old, who had pushed the release of his film, Madaari, by a week so it does not eat into the business of Great Grand Masti, which had leaked online even before its release.

“The industry has to come together and find a solution for this. I can’t give a solution on my own. Those who have been in the industry longer than me should also discuss how to put an end to piracy,” Irrfan signs off.

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