The movie adaption of E.L. James’ bestselling novel 50 Shades Of Grey might not release in India, timely. You cannot be wondering, why that is. The censor board in India may not find bondage as the best subject to go uncensored to the “sensitive and impressionable” Indian viewership.
While the sadomasochistic story of the novel might not come as a shock since most of Indian readership has witnessed the romance in their imagination. The visual reconstruction might be scandalous for an audience that was denied an uncensored version of Gone Girl or even The Exorcist! But is it really the audiences who have an objection? Does it mean that the Censor Board of Film Certification represents an ideology of the Indian movie goer, who would not like to see explicit content in a public set up?
The torrent culture brings out the hypocrisy of Indian viewership. Those who are comfortable downloading a movie with “explicit” content at home, and viewing it in private are the ones who agree with the Censor Board in its decision to deprive a movie of partially contextual content.
What is it that 50 Shades Of Grey represents? For the Western audiences, it represents brutal honesty. While the Bondage and BDSM culture exists, it is also widely consumed as pornographic content. The relationships that are sadomasochistic in nature have, however, never been so curiously exploited in a movie.
One could think of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct masturbating as something that drove the world off the edge of their seats. Now, the same or worse will happen as 50 Shades recreates the most hushed aspect of sexual identity and brings it onto a very public platform. The acceptance of such a movie has a lot to do with the ideological apparatus of a country or a culture and its’ people. In India’s case, it is far more difficult, just as communal, religious, fanatical and even intellectual forces attack the reception of any movie that brings the tabooed aspects to the fore. India has banned a fair share of movies on the basis of social hypocrisy and the freedom of speech and expression question is the one to raise. The idea of having the right to choose what is explicit, is of course the viewers. The certification of movie is only to divide the suitable audiences. However, India’s Censor Board does more, it morally polices to a little extent. Or so, it would seem.
It’d be interesting if the movie actually reaches the theatres. Without the contextually placed sex scenes, the movie might lose the intrinsic ideas that it wishes to communicate. Let’s hope, we at least get a semi-censored version at! For, aren’t you looking forward to 50 Shades Of Grey?
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