The Censor Board Of Film Certification(CBFC) has struck again. It has banned the much talked-about erotic thriller Fifty Shades Darker.Directed by James Foley and featuring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dorman as a couple groping in the dark, the film which opened in the Valentine weekend is a smash success in the US in spite of the negative review.
The ban in India should come as no surprise to the ‘50 Shades’ team. The first film Fifty Shades Of Greyreleased in 2013 the worldover was also banned in India, as too in several other countries in spite of the preposterous premise and risible love scenes.
The proceedings in the sequel are even more outrageous. But the CBFC sees no humour in being horny.
A source from the censor board informs, “Fifty Shades Darker stands banned. Even in the US it was granted an ‘R’ rating and in the UK it was given an ‘18’ rating. In India we do not have ‘R’ or ‘18’. The closest we have to these ratings is a ‘PG’ which is not suitable for a film based on the subject of sex.”
Not surprisingly the Indian distributors Universal Pictures have decided to not dispute the CBFC ban.
Says the source, “Universal has the option of removing the sex scenes in Fifty Shades Darker as they were removed in Vietnam. But Universal prefers not to release the film in India.”