Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi has termed the censor board’s move to trim the length of kissing scene in the new James Bond film Spectre illogical and “going back to dark ages”. The censor board chief Pahlaj Nihlani has been under fire for the cuts in Spectre.
Emraan, who has earned the tag of an on-screen ‘serial kisser’ courtesy kissing scenes in his films, said this is not a step forward. “It is not about ban. They (Board) had cut the length (of the kiss). They have their rules and regulations. There are a lot of people who are against it (the kissing scene). Snipping it has no logic.”
“I also feel it is like going back to the dark ages. We are not taking steps forward (sic),” Emraan told reporters at the launch of his new single Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon. The 36-year-old actor added the decision is “detrimental” to the Indian film industry. “Our society is evolving unabashedly to the kind of cinema we are exposed to in these times. International films, Hollywood films are progressing and here we are making sure that Bollywood regresses (sic). I think it is detrimental to our industry,” he said.
The 36-year-old feels it is unfair on the part of censor board to cutting content from films just for the sake of it. “There is censorship law. Give ‘A’ certificate to a film but don’t snip out things just for the sake of snipping it. Hopefully, it will be revived in next couple of months,” Emraan said.
The actor, whose films often have bold content, sounded sceptical when asked about the board’s stand in future. “I don’t know. The debate will start when my film actually goes for censorship. But before that lot of films will come,” he added.