Indian Censors Face Backlash After Claiming 'Jungle Book' is "Scary"
The Jon Favreau-directed film was given the equivalent of a PG rating, sparking an instant Twitter reaction.
India's censors have been criticized for giving Disney's The Jungle Book a UA rating, equivalent to a PG.
Justifying the decision, censor board head Pahlaj Nihalani told the newspaper DNA that "the 3D effects are so scary that the animals seem to jump right at the audience. ... It's up to parents to decide how much of these effects are suited for their children."
Speaking at a press conference, however, filmmaker and composer Vishal Bharadwaj, who composed a Hindi song especially for the local release, said that "there is nothing in the film which will scare the kids."
The rating also sparked a satirical backlash on Twitter, mirroring an incident last year in which censors cut some offensive language from Spectre and halved some kissing scenes it considered "too excessive."
Sorry guys. Jungle book got a U/A certificate. And they cut the Kaa and Baloo kiss. Also the Sher Khan and Col Hathi sex scene.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) April 6, 2016
Not surprised Pahlaj Nihalani found The Jungle Book 'scary'. He more or less watches every film with the maturity of a one-year-old. #censor— Sayantan Ghosh (@sayantansunnyg) April 6, 2016
Junglebook was scary for Censor Board?! What's next - Tom and Jerry being A?— Ra Ch Na (@raggedtag) April 7, 2016
Pahlaj Nihalani : The animals jump at you from the screen.— Sid Mathur (@BhaiBahutBadiya) April 7, 2016
Every other person : Its called 3D, you idiot!
Pahlaj Nihalani has given Jungle Book a U/A certificate. So many naked animals in the jungle must have really upset him.— Ray Ban (@Purba_Ray) April 6, 2016
A Hindi-dubbed version of Jungle Book, which opens in India on Friday, a week ahead of its U.S. release, features the vocal talents of Bollywood stars including Priyanka Chopra (Quantico), Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World) and Om Puri (The Hundred Foot Journey).