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December 20, 2023 16:36
Netflix takes a strange decision on Indian Films

No longer can one indulge in the unfiltered, unadulterated realm of Indian cinema on Netflix. The censor board has mandated that only the censored renditions of Indian films be made available for streaming on the platform.

Netflix has ceased the streaming of uncut versions of Indian films, as an increasing number of films delve into political discourse and contain content deemed suitable only for mature audiences.

For instance, the film Bheed featured voice-overs by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, alongside other political references. These elements were excised from the film after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) issued an order, prompting Netflix to stream only the edited version prepared by the filmmakers. This rule now applies to all Indian films.

Furthermore, Thalapathy Vijay’s LEO, which was released without any alterations in overseas markets, underwent censorship before its release on Netflix. Similarly, the film OMG 2, which revolves around sex education, faced the same fate, leading to the director expressing discontent with Netflix's decision.

Even Karthi’s Japan, which mentions Ambani and Adani, has been stripped of these references in the version available on Netflix. Notably, Netflix has recently started incorporating warnings about smoking and drinking in Indian shows and movies during relevant scenes.

The decision has left many directors and viewers feeling let down. It raises questions about the fate of Animal and Salaar films, which tend to be more graphic and explicit.

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