Sex, violence took toll on 11 films last year

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New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) A heavy dose of sex and violence resulted in refusal of certification to 11 films last year, while 395 films were permitted exhibition with several cuts of related scenes.

In 2006, the number of films that failed to obtain certification for obscene and violent scenes was much higher at 59, whereas in 2005 such films numbered 18, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priya Ranjan Das Munsi told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today.

He said in 2006 and 2005, 453 and 473 films respectively were certified with cuts related to overdose of sex and violence.

The Minister said as per the guidelines issued under the Cinematograph Act of 1952, pointless or avoidable scenes of violence primarily intended to provide entertainment, and such scenes which may have the effect of desensitising or dehumanising people were to be avoided.

Among the don'ts are also words with dual meaning catering to baser instincts, glorification of anti-social activities, vulgarity and depravity.

Scenes showing sexual perversion were to be avoided, and if such matters were germane to the theme, they should be reduced to the minimum and no details should be shown, he said.

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