Anushka Shetty as the warrior princess Devsena in Baahubali: The Conclusion Image: YouTube/ Dharma Productions
Finally, our Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has a found a fitting competitor in the censor board of Singapore. The film certification body there has found Baahubali 2: The Conclusion unfit for children and, hence, has given it an ‘NC16’ certification, which is equivalent to an adult certificate. According to a DNA report, the Singapore censor board felt that the movie was too violent, especially the war scenes which showed soldiers being beheaded.
This isn't the first time the censor board of Singapore has taken such a decision. Earlier, Beauty and Beast was meted out a similar treatment. And in the middle of all this, guess who's having the last laugh? Our very own CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, of course. Patting himself and the CBFC for its acumen, he said, "We granted Baahubali 2: The Conclusion a ‘U/A’ with virtually no cuts. In Singapore, they found Baahubali too violent. The war scenes, especially of soldiers being beheaded, were taken to be excessively gruesome by their censor board. In many countries of Asia and Europe, more Bollywood films get an ‘A’ certificate than we do in India."
In India, children are not scared of mythological mayhem because they grow up listening to such stories, hence Baahubali was given a U/A certificate, added Nihalani.
Nihalani further said that in India, censorship is about satisfying sentiments and not about doing the right thing. "If we cut one shot of a beheading, we are branded anti-religious. If we shorten the duration of a kiss, we are prudes. And if we delete a shot of a boy masturbating another boy (in Moonlight), we are branded homophobic," said Nihalani.