n18
NEWS|Entertainment 
   |

Contrary to popular perception, Bollywood is not the bad boy of Indian cinema. Tamil and Telgu cinema are worse than Bollywood when it comes to violence and showing women in bad light in celluloid.

The Indian cinema's watchdog - the Censor Board - had to use its scissors more on regional cinema from southern India than the usual culprit Bollywood to ensure that the movies are fit for screening even under adult category.

Information provided by the board under Right To Information Act to Pune based Vihar Druve shows that since 2008 the maximum number of cuts imposed were on Tamil films followed by Tamil, Kannada and Hindi films.

In the five year period, the board cut 592 scenes from Tamil films, 509 from Telgu and 457 on Kannada films. Hindi was fourth in the list with 222 cuts even though it had maximum number of films cleared by the board during the period.

Analysis of the data shows that the board had to cut a scene from every second Tamil and Telgu films whereas in case of Bollywood the rate was one scene in every four films. Proportion of the cuts applied to the total number of movies cleared in other regional language movies such as Bhojpuri, Marathi and Gujarati during this period was higher than Bollywood.

But, the cuts in movies had irked noted film-makers. At a recent conference to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, film directors like Ramesh Sipply of Sholay fame and K Hariharan from southern cinema expressed their anguish at unnecessary intrusion in the creative work by the board.

"It is time to disband a board which is colonial remnant of attempt to restrict freedom of expression," Hariharan had said.

The I&B ministry officials had, however, defended the board but agrees that there was a need to have a re-look at rules and make them more industry friendly.  "Many scenes have been allowed in recent years which would have been a clear no in the past," said a senior censor board official, explaining that the board has moderated with time.

Movies such as Delhi Belly, Dirty Picture, Vishwapooram and Aandhi had trouble with the Censor Board in recent past. The board had also been under attack for being a moral inspector for the cinema.

Tag : #Censor Board #The Dirty Picture #South films #Vishwaroopam #Bollywood filsm #Tamil and Telugu cinema #Delly Belly

'Transcendence' review: The film is clunky and lifeless

from IBNLive

'Transcendence' review: The film is clunky and lifeless

If Spike Jonze's 'Her' imagined a delicate, heartfelt romance between man and his artificially intelligent operating system, then 'Transcendence', directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, takes a less optimistic view of the future, cautioning us about the dangers of relying too heavily on technology. They're two sides of the same coin, but where 'Her' felt fresh, original, and forward-looking, Pfister's film trades in familiar clichés.


Chetan Bhagat was a clown in campus; I'd crack up at his jokes, says wife Anusha

from IBNLive

Chetan Bhagat was a clown in campus; I'd crack up at his jokes, says wife Anusha

New Delhi: Over a decade ago, Tamilian girl Anusha Suryanarayanan fell for Punjabi boy Chetan Bhagat on the campus of Ahmedabad's Indian Institute of Management (IIM). And yes, she didn't like...

61st National Awards: 'Ship of Theseus' wins best feature film, Best Actor for Rajkummar Rao, Best Director for Hansal Mehta for 'Shahid'

from IBNLive

61st National Awards: 'Ship of Theseus' wins best feature film, Best Actor for Rajkummar Rao, Best Director for Hansal Mehta for 'Shahid'

Director Anand Gandhi\'s powerful film about a photographer, a Jain monk and a young stock broker told through different segments won Best Feature Film at the 61st National Film Awards for 2013. \'Shi...

Dancing with Psy on Shah Rukh Khan\'s wish list

from IBNLive

Dancing with Psy on Shah Rukh Khan\'s wish list

Gurgaon: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his desire to dance with Korean rapper sensation to the tunes of his global smash hit \'Gangnam Style\'. The 48-year-old actor was formally ap...

Varun Dhawan's 'Main Tera Hero' earns over Rs 20 crore in its opening weekend

from IBNLive

Varun Dhawan's 'Main Tera Hero' earns over Rs 20 crore in its opening weekend

New Delhi: Varun Dhawan-starrer \"Main Tera Hero\" has earned over Rs.20 crore in its opening weekend. The entertainer has collected a whopping net amount of Rs.22.73 crore in its opening week...

David and Victoria Beckham's son makes his modelling debut

from IBNLive

David and Victoria Beckham's son makes his modelling debut

London: Former soccer ace David Beckham and singer-fashion designer Victoria\'s eldest son Brooklyn has shot for a men\'s magazine. The 15-year-old will be seen on the cover page of British ma...

Not comfortable doing intimate scenes, wearing skimpy clothes: Meera Chopra

from IBNLive

Not comfortable doing intimate scenes, wearing skimpy clothes: Meera Chopra

Mumbai: Actress Meera Chopra, seen in \'Gang Of Ghosts\', is not ready to shoot intimate scenes for the screen and she says she has restrained herself from taking up any film offers which requi...