Javed Akhtar against censor board’s plan to ban cuss words in films

Veteran Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar is against the board’s plan to ban use of cuss words in films.

bollywood Updated: Mar 02, 2015 09:55 IST
Rhema Mukti Baxter
Rhema Mukti Baxter
Hindustan Times
Javed Akhtar

The showstopper at a recently concluded Delhi University college fest was a scalding session with the poster boy of Bollywood poetry, Javed Akhtar.

Condemning the Central Board of Film Certification’s recent proposal to ban 28 cuss words from films, he said, “I totally disagree with the censor board. In cinema, someone has decided to be holier than thou. But words are nothing on their own. It is not the requirement of the writer to use those words, but rather of the character. On the other hand, poor conversationalists use four-letter words to add spice to their language,” said the 70-year-old writer-lyricist, who conducted a session at the Hindu College annual fest finale on Friday.

When we asked him about his views on the controversial AIB Roast, he said, “Can using foul language amount to a jail sentence, however depraved their language may be? Woh (referring to roast participants Arjun Kapoor and Karan Johar) mere doston ke bete hai. Main nai chahunga ki koi jail jaye. But I don’t appreciate what they did. Society mein waise he decency ki kami hai. You can’t be funny without being cruel but usage of foul language is anti-humour. I love humour and that is why I’m serious about it.”

Continuing his analysis of curse words, he remarked, “Saari gaaliyaan anti-women hoti hai. If a woman participates in sex, she is humiliated. Women are human beings and not the property of their families or keepers of their honour. They have as much right to sex as any man. The day the society realises this, all curse will become gibberish.”

Making a case for bilingualism, he stressed upon the need to teach Hindustani in schools. “You shouldn’t learn English at the cost of your mother tongue,” he warned, adding, “I fail to understand why people equate the ability to converse in English with being wise. Maine toh English bolte hue aise bewakoof dekhe hain!”

First Published: Mar 02, 2015 09:52 IST