If The Jungle Book can get a U/A, shame on India, says Mukesh Bhatt

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2016 16:11 IST
A still from The Jungle Book, featuring Kaa, the python voiced by Priyanka Chopra in the Hindi version. (YouTube)

Bollywood producer Mukesh Bhatt says it is shameful for the country if a film like The Jungle Book is given ‘U/A’ certificate.

Bhatt also suggested the government needs to do some serious thinking about the censor board.

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The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories based in India, is an American fantasy-adventure film directed by Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

The Indian audience will get to watch the movie from this Friday, a week before the US release.

“That (The Jungle Book getting U/A certificate) shows how crazy this country has become. We have lost the marbles, sorry to say that. If Jungle Book is getting U/A certificate, then the government should do some serious thinking about CBFC,” Bhatt told reporters at Gima awards in Mumbai last night.

Watch a clip from the movie here

“If you ask me CBFC should be put in garbage can, that is the right place for the CBFC,” he said.

The Central Board of Film Certification has given the Jungle Book a U/A certificate for being “too scary”.

When asked about CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani’s reasoning behind the U/A certification, Mukesh said, “I am not talking about Nihalani. He is just a stooge of the people who have put him there. There has to be some radical thinking. If a Jungle Book can get a U/A, shame on India.”

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Meanwhile, actor Ayushmann Khurrana too is surprised with The Jungle Book getting U/A certificate.

“It’s unbelievable. I don’t know what’s the criteria behind the certification. May be, it is because of the 3D images of Bhageera and Sherkhan bouncing-off the screen. These days kids are used to reading story books and watching Captain America, and after all these are animated films,” he said.

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The singer-actor recollected that as a child he used to be excited while watching the Jungle Book series on the small screen.

In an earlier interview, director Jon Favreau said, “Death is a real thing in Disney movies, but to have everything dark doesn’t mean that you cannot have humour and emotions.”

“I am a dad of three kids and I want to make sure that it is something that my kids would be comfortable in seeing,” said Favreau.

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