India’s film censorship board has barred Sony Pictures’ channel from telecasting Oscar-recognized film, The Danish Girl.
The movie was slated to air on Sunday. However, the film authority objected to its supposedly “sensitive storyline” and dubbed it “unsuitable” for audiences below 18.
In The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne plays the main character grappling with his gender identity, and is based on historical events of the world’s first sex reassignment surgery.
The broadcaster tweeted: “We regret to inform you that Sony Le Plex HD is unable to telecast the television premiere of the award-winning film The Danish Girl on March 26 as the necessary certification to enable the telecast of the movie has not been received.”
We know how much you wished to watch The Danish Girl this Sunday & regret the inconvenience caused. We thank you for your constant support. pic.twitter.com/eti2TAxBRV
— Sony Le PLEX HD (@SonyLePLEXHD) March 24, 2017
“The whole subject is controversial, and it’s unsuitable to be viewed by children. It talks about a man who wants a sex change and has a genital operation to become a woman. The subject is sensitive and how do you edit a subject like that?” Mumbai Mirror a Censor Board member as saying.
The Danish Girl won an Oscar for Alicia Vikander, who plays Redmayne’s wife, in the Best Supporting Actress category last year.
Indians took to social media to express their disappointment.
Banning the screening of “the Danish girl” just proves yet another authority controlling the society. Suppression=regression=aggression
— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) March 26, 2017
Canceling tv premier of movie THE DANISH GIRL symbolises the judgemental prospective of our censorboard . Most enchanted movie ever seen .. pic.twitter.com/k6edD0LY8E
— Mehak Garg (@mehakgarg1341) March 26, 2017
Amazed at how regressive we are ! CBFC Cancels TV Broadcast of The Danish Girl Due Its ‘Sensitive Storyline https://t.co/Gfe5v3eKwe
— Soni Mahdi Aggarwal (@SoniAggarwal) March 27, 2017
@SonyLePLEXHD this is terribly sad news. Why did the CBFC wake up so late? India is a multicultural nation, accept it. Just painfully sad.
— Throw It Alok (@HaanWahi) March 26, 2017
They have called for an overhaul of the authority.
Nothing will change with the CBFC until the Cinematograph Act and the criteria for selection of Examining Committee members are updated.
— Suprateek Chatterjee (@SupraMario) March 25, 2017
@ShashiTharoor Sir the CBFC is doing some ridiculous censorship & moderate moral policing in every film, can u do something abt it as a MP?
— Satyakam (@satyakam92) March 26, 2017
The Danish Girl is hardly the first high-profile film to face the Censor Board’s axe.
Earlier this year, the Board removed the word “prostitute” from the 2017 Oscar-winning Iranian film The Salesman because they found it objectionable.
The CBFC censored the word ‘prostitute’ from the Iranian film, The Salesman.
For perspective, WE managed to censor a movie from IRAN.
— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) March 25, 2017
And back home, more recently, a film dialogue was deleted because of a weird reason.
“Mann ki baat” is a common phrase translating to “straightforward talk.” It’s also the name of prime minister Narendra Modi’s radio show.
What does the Censor Board want really?
Censor board will probably start making their own movies in a while
— Kalyani Adhav (@KalyaniAdhav) March 26, 2017
Its own movies? Hope not!