WTF Wednesday: Karni Sena demanding title changes and special screening for Akshay Kumar’s Prithviraj makes us wonder if we have two censor boards

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The censor board, while not always reasonable, is the only certified body to have a say over any movie in India. After the latest hullabaloo by the Karni Sena over Akshay Kumar’s Prithviraj, we’re inclined to believe that the nation may just have two censor boards.

Up until recently, we believed that the entire film industry answers to one ratings body, called the CBFC (Censor Board of Film Certification), whose primary job is to rate movies across all languages in India, and request edits (not always) for those scenes they feel to be inappropriate for public viewing based on preset guidelines. While many may not always agree with the cuts the CBFC demands and blame it on their ‘archaic views on life and everything in-between’, they’re at least certified to do so by the government of India, and filmmakers still have the recourse of the Appellate Tribunal to hopefully reverse censorship decisions they feel are too unreasonable. But after the latest hullabaloo by the Karni Sena over Akshay Kumar’s Prithviraj, we’re inclined to believe that the nation may just have two censor boards.

For the uninitiated, so-called filmmaker Surjeet Singh Rathore, president of the Youth Wing of the Karni Sena has put forward some conditions for the film: a.) The makers have to change the film’s title to Prithviraj Chauhan, with some sources even saying that they want the title changed to ‘Veer Yodha Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan’, b.) The film must be shown to the key members of the Rajput community prior to official release, and c.) A special screening for The Karni Sena, too, must be held. Failing to meet these demands would result in a Padmaavat-esque situation (please Google the mini havoc they created during the release of the Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor starrer), and YRF alone will be responsible for the consequences and resulting losses.

From this, we can only deduce two things: Either the Karni Sena has been granted censor-board status by the government, which the rest of us haven’t been made privy of yet, or we’re officially entering the phase known as the ‘death of democracy’. With all signs pointing to the latter possibility, let’s bring in some clarity for those who’ve been saying on YouTube videos and social media posts that what’s the harm in changing the title to something that actually sounds more appealing and if the movie has nothing controversial, then why should the makers have an issue with screening it? 

Well, we don’ know…perhaps because neither Karni Sena nor anybody else has any business making such “unconstitutional demands”. Or maybe because Aditya Chopra and the rest of the team can show actual monkeys and donkeys fighting a war and label it Prithviraj and there’s not a damn thing anybody can do about it in a democracy if the movie gets passed by the censor board. Or perhaps it’s because for the umpteenth time we need to remind people to adopt the simple policy of ‘don’t like it, ignore it, move on,’ which is literally the essence of a democracy. Or yet again we wonder why the government doesn’t take strict action against such fringe elements (which is what they really are) instead of adopting the usual wait-and-watch method till actual law-abiding taxpayers are forced to give in. Or for crying out loud, we wonder why people don’t see them

for what they really are – a bunch of anonymous parasite preying for opportunities like this to gain some publicity while brainwashing scores into believing that they actually give a s*** about the Rajputs and their history.

As for the docile ‘freedom comes with some responsibility’ types, here’s a “NEWSFLASH”: IT ACTUALLY DOESN’T as long as you do nothing illegal. Like we mentioned earlier, Adi and Director Chandraprakash Dwivedi can show whatever the hell they wish to in the film and that’s their prerogative; whether you watch it or not or watch and vent about it or even arrange a peaceful protest against it is your prerogative, but that’s it. Now for the other innocent souls who yap about why other religions and communities aren’t targeted like this…oh, my dear children, when will y’all do your research. There was literally an Oscar-nominated movie by legendary Director Martin Scorsese called The Last Temptation of Christ, where Jesus was shown having sex with Mary Magdalene. They’ve been the likes Monthy Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and others.

Source – bollywoodlife

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