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Censor board has become aggressive lately: Aamir Khan

Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards

New Delhi :  Joining the debate on censorship in the country, superstar Aamir Khan today said censor board has become “a little aggressive” lately.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahalaj Nihalani has invited the ire of the film industry, the audiences and his own board members after he shortened the length of kissing scenes in the latest James Bond movie “Spectre”.

Aamir, whose kissing scene with actress Karisma Kapoor in 1996 film “Raja Hindustani” is considered to be one of the longest such sequences in Bollywood, joked that he feels “lucky” when asked about his reaction to the “Spectre” kiss getting shortened.

The 50-year-old “PK” star said though he has not had any personal run-ins with the censor board off-late, he feels the body’s recent attitude is “worrying”.

“If a film is certifed adult then you should be able to show pretty much everything because an adult can decide if he or she wants to watch the film. There is no censorship required after certification. That’s our understanding of certification.

“But as I understand it, it has been a little aggressive in its approach in last six to eight months, which is worrying. I hope it changes,” Aamir said at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards here.

“I don’t have personal experience with censor board of late because none of my films have come up for censorship but what I have heard being reported is that it is behaving in a slightly alarming way,” he said.

The actor then said the word “alarming” might be too sharp to use in the situation but he feels the censor board is reacting to things that earlier “we as free and adult people could make our own choices as to what we want to watch.”

“Censor board is supposed to give the age for which the film is suitable,” he said.

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