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.