We are living in a democratic country but the condition of the censor board is very plight. Why we are saying this because last year, India censored more films than any other country. When we come to statistics, 20% of all film censorship cases in 2017 came from our country.
What is more concerning is that India has surpassed 78 countries, including Pakistan, Turkey and Lebanon where there are always some cultural issues.
The study says, “Throughout the year, they were confronted by frequent hurdles put in their way by censors demanding cuts to films deemed indecent or likely to offend religious or ethnic sentiments. These challenges came amidst threats, and sometimes attacks by caste groups.”
Lipstick Under My Burkha, Padmaavat, S Durga and Nude etc, are few of the films that found it difficult making their way to the cinema halls.
Moreover, the Freemuse report stated: “The challenge of being creative in a multi-religious and culturally sensitive society was profound for Indian filmmakers in 2017. Claims of preserving cultural values and preventing religious uprisings were used excessively by censors to justify the violation of artistic freedom.”