Adil Hussain on Indian censor board: It can be influenced irrespective of who’s in power

Unfreedom actor Adil Hussain talks about the involvement of government in putting censorship on the digital platform. He believes that people are mature enough to understand what they see and thus the government should trust them.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Published: June 12, 2018 2:45:27 pm

Adil Hussain picture. Adil hussain says censor board is a flawed system.

Like many, actor Adil Hussain is all for the digital boom. He says that while there is a danger that some of the many shows and films online might be provocative, it does not mean a censor board should be set up for the digital space. He feels the government should trust the audience and let them decide what to watch and what to shun.

Adil Hussain-starrer Unfreedom, which was earlier banned by the Central Board of Film Certification due to its bold content, released in India and other countries on the streaming site Netflix in April. The critically acclaimed actor is also the mentor and brand ambassador of PickurFlick, a digital platform that supports independent cinema.

When asked about what he likes in the digital space, Adil told IANS, “If you have access to the internet, you can watch any content whenever you want to and wherever you want to. That’s a great thing. The experience will not necessarily be the same as watching a film on the big screen, but at least I can watch it.”

He understands that there is a “fear” attached to the digital platform as some content can be “extremely provocative”, but he is against the idea of having a censor board.

Noting that the censor board in India is manned by “people who are not experts”, he wondered how one could trust them. “They are not sociologists or psychologists. So, how do you trust certain people who were randomly chosen and let them decide what I should watch or not?”

“It is a flawed system that we have, and we know that, in India, we can influence the board or anybody irrespective of who is in power. Though there is sort of a danger (in the digital space), what outweighs the danger is that you have the freedom to watch whatever you want to and you are giving the power to the audience to choose. This autonomy that you pass on to your son or daughter when they turn around 13 or 14… you allow them to do things and you trust them. So, the government has to trust the audience,” said the National Award winner.

He further added, “People obviously have their parents or elder siblings to give them certain sensibilities. The education system should give students sensibilities so that they can choose good content”.

Apart from choosing good content, the Life of Pi actor is also careful about posts on social media.”I am extremely careful. Sometimes I feel that, maybe, if I answer just one of them (trollers), they would understand,” he said.

On the work front, Adil is known for balancing between big budget and indie films. The Bioscopewala actor, who has played the on-screen husband of actresses Vidya Balan and Sridevi, said, “It depends on how much money I have in my bank account to run the family. I mostly do independent films, and independent films do not pay me much.”

He is also preparing for a play called Karma-nishtha which will be staged this year.

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