On Akshay Kumar and Pankaj Tripathi starrer film OMG 2, the censor board suggested the makers to make about 25 changes before the film’s release. Now director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri has expressed his displeasure over this decision of the censor board. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri himself is also a board member of CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification).
Vivek Angihotri has said that the censor board has imposed unnecessary cuts on OMG 2. He even said that there is no need for a body like the Censor Board. In fact, the censor board has demanded that Akshay Kumar’s character in the film be shown as a devotee of Shiva, not as Lord Shiva himself.
When Vivek Agnihotri was asked what is his opinion on Akshay Kumar being shown as a devotee of Shiva instead of Lord Shiva in OMG 2, he said that it is not right to do so. He said- I do not agree with whatever changes have been suggested. I am also a board member of CBFC, yet I am against it.
He also said that CBFC is a very fragile body and its structure can collapse under social pressure. Agnihotri said that he does not understand the logic of making 27 cuts in a film and CBFC has no right to make such changes in a film.
Vivek Agnihotri even went on to say that even though he himself is a part of CBFC, he doesn’t think there is a need for a body like CBFC. He said that he is also against any kind of Boycott and Ban on films.
He said- I believe in free speech. I am in favor of free speech to such an extent that I do not consider it justified to ban hate speech. We should pay attention to what is the intention of the filmmaker? If the intention is not wrong, then the film should be allowed to go ahead.