Angry Birds got PG rating everywhere but U/A in India. Believe it

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 13:56 IST
Characters Red, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, from left, Chuck, voiced by Josh Gad and Bomb, voiced by Danny McBride in a scene from The Angry Birds Movie. (AP)

Now this may come as a surprise but the Central Board of Film Certification thinks that the upcoming animated movie on popular video-game Angry Birds doesn’t require kids to be accompanied by their parents as has been mandated internationally.

CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani says the upcoming Hollywood project The Angry Birds Movie has been given a U/A certificate in India and will be released without any cuts.

“We have certified the film as U/A. That’s the committee’s decision. In fact, internationally too the film has been given a PG rating which means children should watch it under adult supervision,” Nihalani told PTI.

Characters Chuck, voiced by Josh Gad, from left, Bomb, voiced by Danny McBride, Matilda, voiced by Maya Rudolph and Red, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, in a scene from The Angry Birds Movie. (AP)

“The rating is according to the requirements the film met. We have passed the film without any cuts,” he said.

The decision comes close after another Hollywood biggie The Jungle Book was given U/A certificate as it was “too scary” for the children.

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Nihalani said people should not jump to conclusions going by the Indian rating and should watch the film to understand why it was given the necessary certificate.

“The film (Angry Birds) was certified long back. If the makers had any objection they would’ve gone to the revising committee. But even they know the right certification the film deserves,” he said.

This image released by Sony Pictures shows the character Red, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, in a scene from The Angry Birds Movie. (AP)

“People should first watch the film and then discuss if the certificate is justified or not. Jumping to conclusions even before the film is out is unfair,” he said.

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The Angry Birds Movie takes viewers to an island populated by birds, including Red (voice by Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride).

Russian singer Timur Rodriguez, French actor Omar Sy, US producer John Cohen, US actor and producer Josh Gad, Italian actor Maccio Capatonda and Lebanese tv host Raya Abirached pose on May 10, 2016 during a photocall for the animated film The Angry Birds Movie on the eve of the opening of the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. (AFP)

The censor chief said there should be no fuss regarding the U/A certificate as a child will anyway watch a film with an adult.

“Naturally, if a ten-year-old kid is watching the film, chances are in most cases he or she will not be watching it alone. They will be accompanied by some adult. So I don’t know what the fuss is about,” he said.

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