Shyam Benegal will bring positive changes to CBFC: Farhan Akhtar

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2016 17:17 IST

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is hopeful that the new Shyam Benegal-headed committee will bring positive changes in the controversy-ridden the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The board has been at the centre of flak for some time now, owing to its decision from cutting scenes in films like NH 10 and Dum Laga Ke Haisha to shortening a kiss in the latest James Bond flick Spectre.

The 41-year-old star, who is next be seen in Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Wazir feels a rating system should be adopted while certifying a film. “Everything is work in progress. A new committee has been set up, headed by Mr Shyam Benegal. I would hope some result will come of it that benefits artists. In my personal opinion, there needs to be a rating system. We are stuck with the U, U/A and A system, which do not allow that much sensibility. You can’t tell a person above a certain age that you are immature to watch a kiss. We don’t need to be babysit,” Farhan said in an interview here.

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There were reports that a Wazir scene between Farhan and Aditi Rao Hyadri was chopped off by the board. The Rock On! star denied the rumours but expressed his disappointment with the “inconsistency” in the CBFC’s working.

“There has not been consistency in the way the censor board has behaved in the past that can tell you what will be removed. Every single time the people in the committee that come to watch your film, they are not the same people. “Different members come, hence they have different sensibilities and aesthetics. You can’t have a written rule and this is with every art form because context is everything. Snipping has to be done away,” he said.

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