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Bans/Restrictions on Films: Fair or not?

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Posted: 23 January 2013 at 12:50pm | IP Logged

It is a must for films to go through the Censor Board prior to release. This is done to categorize the film based on the content it holds, and the age group of the audience that it would appeal to.

Sometimes, however, some films cause controversies that go beyond the Censor Board. This can happen through what the film promises to be about, a simple statement made by the people associated with it, etc.

In certain cases, there may even be bans placed on the screenings of films just because it is said to hurt the sentiments of some. 

For example, take the recent case of Vishwaroopam where the TN government has banned its release for 15 days. The reason being the concern of the depiction of terrorists and terrorism

My question is: Are all these bans fair? Do they not seem a bit too far-fetched at times?

I feel that the recent ban on Vishwaroopam is completely unfair Thumbs Down Vishwaroopam is not the first, and definitely NOT the last film to show terrorists. Yes, films in the past have shown terrorism, but they have attempted to NOT hurt the sentiments of any cultures. 

Plus, many Indian films do have their story-lines based on the fight against terrorism, yet there weren't many protests then. So why the sudden outburst now?
Surprisingly, many films surrounding terrorism after this may even go unnoticed by the public about the theme it carries, yet a few movies in between (like Vishwaroopam) would be targeted for its content. Thumbs Down
Furthermore, isn't it too early to judge how a film would be before its release?

In connection to this issue, shouldn't movies be raising awareness as well?

It is hard to deny that movies do have a greater impact on the audience. If a serious issue is presented in the right way, it can definitely educate the society about some facts they may have never known. Yet, some of these movies that are meant to raise awareness also end up having to deal with controversies.

Note: This topic is not mainly about Vishwaroopam. I just used this as an example to talk about some  bans/restrictions on films that occur. Please kindly refrain from indulging in discussion involving religion.

Edited by supercool3 - 23 January 2013 at 12:51pm

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sahi. IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 23 January 2013 at 8:53pm | IP Logged
Banning a film is not a right at all in my opinion for 1% because each filmakers have their views they tried to express their views but because of this so called censor some filmakers are not willing to take the risk.

Vishwaroopam Ban is not acceptable also for even 1% because it based on terrorism ok then what about many many many films comes based on terrorism. Like they are beating the villian who is terrorist and kills him but our tamil nadu government won't band those crap masala film. But if they take movie about terrorsim means they will banned what a comedy tamil nadu government.

What ever they are banning a film one day that film will release only so banning a film is not useful at all. Actuall problem of Vishwaroopam is it is a hard hitting film that shows the life of terrorist so on after watching the film many of them are awestruck also some people hate kamal they just speaks bad about Vishwaroopam and portest starte and benned  also happen. Ivan thadaigalai thaandi sarithiram padaipavan that is our kamal haasan.. 

Now a days censor board is very strict i see a video of Selavaraghavan he tells the problem he faced on Ayyirahtil Oruvan censored they are muting each and every sound like words like poda, loosu, so on like what the point on muting these words LOL if they muted these words also people will know these words LOL they are making a biggest comedy on muting these words.. Any of you know a film called Aaranya Kaandam it got 50 cuts which is highest ever cut for a indian film but that film face issue for more tan 3 years due to those censor board. Finally they work hard and complain and go with 3 cuts.. These censro have to change or otherwise we only have to watch the crap masala movies all the time and tamil cinema will go down a lot for sure. If we want honest attempt means censor have to change next changed should be our audience for not appreciating some value films then only some filmakers will think audience appreciating honest attempt and will take risk LOL

First of all cinema and politics are two different field both should not come together or mixed together dot this is what I am saying.. dot..

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Posted: 24 January 2013 at 12:54am | IP Logged
For me it's completely unfair to censor a movie because it's based on terrorism !

Terrorism is a topic like other, and terrorism is growing !
It's important for people to express themselves about it and also to understand what it is about.

Knowing Kamal Hassan I don't think he will hurt anyone's feeling. 

He just want to share his point of view through his movie.

and like Ravi said, the censor board prevent Tamil cinema from developping.

Beside I don't understand what is the point of banning a movie for 15 days WackoWacko

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Posted: 24 January 2013 at 8:21am | IP Logged
I seriously wonder what is the Ban for? Censoring a few parts that they find offensive would have been better than putting a ban for a movie. How much of effort, money have been spent over a movie and how would the people who is part of the movie from the casts and crew feel to know that their movie is banned and may not release? All their effort is going to go in vain?

As for Vishwaroopam, the theme is about terrorism and we have seen many movies like this in various languages. Now what would imposing a ban on the movie make a big difference to the world or perception of the people? Confused

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Posted: 28 January 2013 at 9:50pm | IP Logged
Im not quite in favour of banning films.
India is a democracy isnt it ? Everyone has the right to express their personal point of view ... and if an artist (say Kamal Haasan) is taking the mode of media such as films to state his view then why not ?
Also people in India are well educated to understand the difference between real life and reel life. What we see onscreen has nothing to do with our real lives .. and We citizens are intelligent enough to understand it.

According to me any ban or restriction is necessary if and only if a movie promotes violence or has the capability to affect the mentality of viewers deeply otherwise its not really required.
If such restrictions are made on every film now and then, how can our film industry develop ? Until and unless such sensitive issues are touched and people are educated about it what is the use of such a mode of mass media ?
I think time had come when this media gets liberty and people get the liberty to choose what is right and wrong for them. If the censor board is there to ait and decide what changes are necessary in a film and it then allows a film to be aired, then the govt. Shouldnt have any say in it IMO !!!

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Posted: 30 January 2013 at 9:11am | IP Logged
As an ardent fan of Tamil Cinema, it's terrifying to see bans placed on films without legitimate reasons.

The ban on Vishwaroopam is rather insulting the fans of Tamil movies as well Ermm

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sahi. IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 30 January 2013 at 11:44pm | IP Logged
Day by day the banning become terrible. If we talk about realitiy they are banning the film. Become bad day by day..

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Shemmo IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 31 January 2013 at 5:32am | IP Logged
If Censor board says the film is ok, then no one has any rights to ban it. Sleepy
Thats very unfair to do so.

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