When ‘Baahubali 2’ has already earned a huge name at the Indian and American box office, become the first Indian movie to have crossed the 1000 crore mark, a surprise comes in from the Singapore Censor Board.
The censorship and classification body has given an ‘A’ certificate (Adult Film) to ‘Baahubali 2’. Reason – Many scenes in the film are ‘too violent’, scenes like the beheading of soldiers are unacceptable.
This essentially means the film can’t be watched by anyone under the age of 16. The decision by censor board has left Pahlaj Nihalani stunned. Remember how last year, Nihalani said that ‘The Jungle Book’ directed by Jon Favreau and starring 10-year-old actor Neel Sethi is ‘scary’. “The 3D effects are so scary that the animals seem to jump right at the audience,” he quoted.
He also said that ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ was granted ‘UA’ in India with virtually no cuts.
Nihalani added that in India, censorship is about pacifying sentiments and not doing the ‘right’ thing. “If we cut one shot of a beheading we are branded anti-religious. If we shorten the duration of a kiss we are prudes. And if we delete a shot of boy masturbating another boy (in Moonlight) we are branded homophobic,” he explained.