Censorship of films/movies are common in India. For films/movies to be shown to the general public, they must be certified by the Censor Board. This is more or less government censorship, since the government is blocking or hiding content from the content’s intended audience.
The law says that the Censor Board can refuse to certify a film if any part of the film goes against the sovereignty of India, or affects its relations with other countries. The Board can also take action if it thinks the film is indecent, against morality, or if it is likely to cause public unrest or defame anyone.
The Censor Board takes action based on ‘guidelines’ given by the Central Government.
For example, some guidelines include:
- Films should provide a ‘clean and healthy environment.’
- Anti-social activities, or drinking/drug use can’t be glorified.
- There should not be needless violence.
- Films shouldn’t cater to the ‘baser instinct,’ or be ‘vulgar.’
- Non-Promotion of Anti-national or communal attitudes.