Mumbai: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), on Thursday, gave the much awaited movie – The Jungle Book – a U/A certificate, which means the children will be able to watch the film only under adult supervision.
Directed by Jon Favreau has been deemed ‘scary’ for children by censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani.
Nihalani said the film’s ‘startling’ 3D effects made parental supervision a necessity. He further added that the film was different from the version of The Jungle Book we were used to.
“Please don’t go by the reputation of the book. See the film and then decide on the suitability of the content for kids. The 3D effects are so scary that the animals seem to jump right at the audience,” he said.
This decision by the CBFC, however, has drawn a lot of flak from various corners.
Producer Mukesh Bhatt slammed CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani for the U/A rating to the Jungle Book.
He expressed his anger saying, “This shows how crazy this country has become. If Jungle Book can get U/A, then I think the government needs to do some very serious thinking about CBFC. The board should be put in a garbage can. That is where it should be.”
When asked about Pahlaj Nihalani’s reasoning behind the U/A, Mukesh said, “I am not talking about Nihalani. He is just a stooge of the people who have put him there. If Jungle Book movie can get a U/A, it’s a shame on India.”
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana also expressed disbelief after learning about the movie receiving a U/A certificate. He said, “It’s unbelievable. I don’t know what the criteria behind the certification are. May be it is because of the 3D images of Bhageera and Sherkhan bouncing off the screen. But I guess these days kids are used to reading story books and watching Captain America and after all these are animated films.”
The film is expected to hit theatres in India on April 15, 2016.