Mumbai: All films with “item songs” will get an “Adult” rating as per a recent decision by the Censor Board of Film Certification. Further, since A-rated visuals are banned from being aired on television, the films, if shown, will be screened without the songs.
“The issue of handing ‘A’ certificates to item songs was discussed in the censor board meeting and the chairperson has decided on it,” confirmed Pankaja Thakur, CEO, CBFC, adding that the Delhi gang-rape had pushed the board to take such a decision.
According to sources, the censor board had been feeling the pressure after it faced tremendous flak for the Hindi film industry’s objectionable portrayal of women and offensive lyrics. “The board decided that some serious measures needed to be put in place before the public anger boiled over.
Hence, this decision was made with immediate effect,” sources said. Brijmohan Sharma, a former member of the censor board, noted that the definition of item songs hasn’t been formulated yet and ambiguity will result in misuse by filmmakers.
Experts wonder if ‘A’ will help
Following the decision of Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to give an “Adult” rating to all films with “item songs”, Brijmohan Sharma, a former member of the CBFC, said, “The censor board has decided to give an ‘A’ rating to all item songs. But this does not mean that obscenity will disappear from TVs.”
“The censor board has not defined what qualifies to be an item song. The Cinematograph Act of 1952 needs to be amended because the censor board is taking cover under this act and spreading obscenity,” Sharma added.
When poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar was asked what he thought of the decision of the censor board, he said, “I don’t know the definition of ‘item songs.”