Porno? Oh no!

It seemed that when Vijay Anand took over as Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), he would be able to drum some sense into the conservative Censor Board. That, however, is not to be. Vijay Anand resigned recently from that post. His resignation has generated no reactions from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. 


He had suggested that porn flicks be given X ratings and taxed was turned down (of course!) by a Board which likes to turn a blind eye to all this and continue doing mindless censoring of ‘objectionable scenes’ in widely watched commercial and arty films.  He also mooted exclusive cinema halls for porn flicks. All of these suggestions were turned down. Some weeks ago, activists of AyankaliPada , a political outfit in Kerala, stormed the premised of Lata theatre which was screening the porn flick Kadambari and threw country bombs. This incident has jolted the porn industry. With with more attacks being planned against porn movies,the threat is far from over.

What are the implications of Vijay Anand’s suggestion? For starters, if porn had been legalized, prom film makers would have lost out on juicy profits. Consider this: In Kerala alone hundreds of theatres rake in the moolah by screening porn regularly. Around 150 theatres in Tamil Nadu do the same. These flicks are typical low budget films made at a cost of Rs 10-15 lakhs. The returns assured may shoot up to a neat 50 lakhs or more. Not wanting to be left out, a leading Malayalam satellite channel has begun telecasting late night porn movies adding fuel to the already raging fire.

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