Making Dhoom 3, as Aditya Chopra is reportedly said to be doing, could become an impossible task if State Transport Commissioner Shyamsunder D Shinde has his way.
Shinde has sent a letter to the Censor Board of India, asking for scenes of bike racing and rash driving to be deleted from movies.
Speaking to HT on the occasion of Road Safety Week, organised between January 1 and 8, Shinde said: “Films like Dhoom 2 influence young people and encourage activities like bike racing and rash driving.”
He added: “Most young men try to imitate the stunts shown in these films. But this only leads to accidents because they are not capable of handling such powerful vehicles. That is why I have written a letter to the Censor Board asking for such scenes to be deleted from movies.”
According to Shinde, 70 per cent of two-wheeler accidents occur at high speeds.
However, when contacted, Vinayak Azad, Regional Officer, Central Board of Film Certification, Mumbai, said: “We have not received any such letter. I can comment only when I see the document.”
A senior traffic department official said he approved of Shinde's move. “Two-wheeler riders not only break rules by cutting lanes and overtaking, but also scare other motorists who tend to lose control of their vehicle when such bikers veer close to them.”
Producer-director Suneel Darshan, who recently helmed Dosti, was expectedly not happy about Shinde’s move. “India is the only country where we cannot shoot with animals. Here, we will have to think twice before shooting any action scenes. If authorities keep coming up with such rules, what will we do in the future?” he said.
Maharashtra also tops accident statistics in India — the number of accidents in the state has gone up from 65,686 in 2003 to 67,720 in 2005.
Mumbai traffic police statistics also state that while the number of offences by two-wheeler riders has doubled since 2003, the number of two-wheeler accidents since then has more than trebled.
(With inputs by Vajir Singh)