“Stop playing nanny,” is the message from several film personalities to censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, who is facing flak for reducing the length of a kiss in the latest Bond film, Spectre. Nihalani has been facing criticism in the media, from the industry and his own board members for his unilateral approach in clearing films. Actress Sonakshi Sinha without taking names, said international films never faced such an issue in the country earlier. “Whoever is playing nanny should first kind of rewind back and see the films that they have been making and then kind of figure out and decide what is to be done. But I am not on board with this because we’ve been having international films playing over here for the longest time and we have never faced such an issue,” she said while indirectly taking a pot shot at Nihalani’s past filmography. “I believe our culture is still very much intact…,” Sonakshi said.
Even veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal said censorship should be abolished. “We have to be told as adults we can’t see a kiss? And a kiss being reduced from 30 seconds to 8 seconds? Are those 22 seconds going to destroy our morality and the culture of our country? This is absolutely ridiculous that censor board has to act like a nanny. Their job is to certify. I don’t think we should be getting down into removing cuss words and kisses. It’s juvenile.”