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Indian censors marginalising audiences: Sanjay Suri

Bollywood filmmakers are going through a tough time, thanks to the censor board, says the actor

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TB-081216-DIFF16th DECEMBER 2008UAE / TABLOID / ONLINEDIFF 2008Sanjay Suri, Indian actor, during an interview with gulf News, at 6th day of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2008 at the Madinat Jumeirah on Tuesday 16th December 2008.PHOTO:AHMED RAMZAN/Gulf NewsTabloid 23 December 2008

With the censor board becoming more strict with the kind of content being shown on big as well as small screen, actor-producer Sanjay Suri feels filmmakers are going through a tough time.

His I Am telecast on DD has been stopped because the film doesn’t have a U-certificate, while it got the green signal for satellite channels. Suri alleges that the censor is trying to marginalise the audience.

“The film has a U/A certificate, which means it can be shown on satellite channels, but not Doordarshan. It means they are saying that the audience which is watching DD is not qualified enough to watch a U/A film... What kind of thinking is that? You are actually marginalising the audience,” Suri said.

Directed by Onir, I Am has been co-produced by the director and Suri, who also starred in the movie.

His Assamese film As The River Flows has been screened at the ongoing 12th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival. The actor was accompanied by the film’s director Bidyut Kotoky.

The 41-year-old expressed his dismay over statutory warnings, saying: “Filmmakers are asked to put a warning here or there. It’s a tough time.”

The actor feels that the censors need to bring in a right rating system.

“A film showing hardcore violence is given a U/A certificate, while another showing a kiss is given an A certificate. What is more gross than watching an eight-year-old kid holding a gun and shooting a police officer in the film?

“The censors need to bring a proper rating system that such films should be for audiences aged 12, 15, 18 etc,” he said.