India's Censor Board Denies 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Theatrical Release (Report)

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India joins a list of countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Kenya, that have disallowed the sexually charged film.

It seems India will not see Mr. Grey after all.

The country's censor board has refused to clear Fifty Shades of Grey for a theatrical release, according to a report by Reuters.

The chief executive of the Central Board of Film Certification, Shravan Kumar, declined to say to the news wire service why the panel refused to approve the film adaptation, but said the film's India distributor Universal Pictures could appeal the decision.

India joins a list of countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Kenya, that have disallowed the sexually charged film.

The film debuted on Valentine's Day weekend and is nearing the $500 million mark globally. The movie version of the best-selling 2011 novel stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as a couple in a sadomasochistic relationship.
 
India's censor board is going through turbulent times. In January, its head, Leela Samson, and 12 board members resigned. Most recently, newly appointed chairman Pahlaj Nihalani caused an uproar for sending out a proposed directive of banning swear words and phrases in English and Hindi. Following an intense debate over artistic freedom, the board said it had postponed its decision to implement the ban.

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