Nandita Das demands for rating system in certifying films

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Nandita Das demands for rating system in certifying films

Nandita Das doesnt like the arbitrary process of the censor board, but prefers the rating system for films.

Censorship is a very dangerous tool because 5-6 people decide what two billion Indians should watch. It is possible that something you dont like, I like, what I like, someone might
not like. We have to trust people, so that we can collectively decide what is wrong and whatis right.

Anyway everything is available on the internet. I hope the rating system is there so that no five individuals randomly decide what is right and what is wrong," Nandita said at a panel discussion at the Kashish Film Festival.

Nandita has had her fair share of issues with the censor board. Her film Fire along with Shabana Azmi, based on a lesbian relationship, faced problems with the board.
We had to suffer in Fire or in Water... its sometimes not the censor boards fault. Fire, in fact, was not cut at all. 

There have been numerous films where arbitrarily things have been cut,she added.

Films she felt should have been censored but werent censored? There are numerous films which I found offensive, where women are portrayed in a wrong way, or there is weird
violence, or dialogues which take us back 20 generations.

So even these films if we dont want to watch, we dont watch; we tell others that this is a bad film, dont watch it. But that doesnt mean that what I didnt like, I would want it to be censored. 

I feel that all kinds of films should be made and we, as individuals, think and understand what is good and what is wrong, she said.

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