Apparently, Indians take strong objection to films based on kinky romance. The Indian censor board, which itself has been recently undergone changes and been ferociously criticized, has stomped down hard on the new film. Fifty Shades of Grey has been banned from the hugely populated country. Chief executive of the Central Board of Film Certification, Shravan Kumar did not disclose as to why the film was banned from cinemas in India but stated that Universal Pictures had the right to appeal against the ban in court.
A Universal Pictures source who was familiar with the review process of the censorship board, informed that objections were raised against offensive dialogues even after the studio had made voluntary deletions or cuts in the film.
Fifty Shades of Grey, since its February release, has become an international sensation and captivated the world by storm. Grossing more than $400 million worldwide, the adapted film has had mercurial success. Though the film has broken ground and made headlines in countries throughout Europe, North America yet it has been banned from several eastern nations. India, China, Kenya and Malaysia have all banned the movie largely due to its sexually charged film plot.
The film which is adapted from the novel series of the same name by E.L.James, stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. The film is about two characters involved in a sadomasochistic relationship which includes explicit sex scenes. Anastasia Steele who is a college graduate and Christian Grey, a business magnate, fall for each other. The 2011 romance novel was so popular that it sold over a massive 70 million copies worldwide. Also, prior to the film’s release, it broke the world record by selling 2.75 million pre-sale tickets worldwide.
Fifty Shades of Grey has no doubt gripped the world by storm and is making headlines everywhere. Though, the decision of the Indian censor board should be lauded and appreciated, keeping in mind the fact that each country has its own set of morals and traditions which must not be impounded.