The Central Board of Film Certification, that has become more infamous than famous for its decisions, has made it to the headlines once again. Keeping up with the ‘sanskaari’ tag that it has got due to its decisions, CBFC has banned the Hollywood film Fifty Shades Darker. The second instalment of the Fifty Shades trilogy released in the USA in the Valentines’s week. The movie did not garner good reviews but still managed to become a hit.
CBFC’s decision to ban Fifty Shades Darker is the least surprising. The first film of the series starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan was also banned in India. The movie released in many parts of the globe in 2015, but didn’t release in India.
Speaking about the ban, a source close to the CBFC told a leading daily that the film was granted an R rating in the United Kingdom. He said, in India, there is no R rating or ’18’. He said the closest the CBFC has to these ratings is a ‘PG’ and that is not suitable for a film based on sex.
The distributors of Fifty Shades Darker decided to not fight with CBFC on the matter. The distributing studios Universal had the option of removing the sex scenes in Fifty Shades Darker but they decided against it. The film will not be releasing in India after all.
Based the Fifty Shades Trilogy written by E.L.James, the story revolves around Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. A billionaire, Grey, introduced Anastasia to his world of BDSM. How Grey’s dark past affected the relationship he shared with Anastasia formed the crux f the story. Apart from romance, Fifty Shades trilogy also had elements of thrill, longing and sadness. Owing to the popularity of the books, Jamie and Dakota became one of the most famous stars around the globe.