Censor Chief Pahlaj Nihalani Gives Jungle Book U/A Certificate

The Jungle Book has been deemed as ‘scary’ by Pahlaj Nihalani, the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) chief.

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(Photo: The Jungle Book’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is6d3UrGqyw">trailer</a>)

Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani gave U/A certificate to the new cinematic version of the Rudyard Kipling’s novel The Jungle Book which opens this Friday.

Nihalani told DNA that there is an inbuilt problem to the U/A certificate that needs attention.

Please don’t go by the reputation of the book. See the film and then decide on the suitability of the content for kids.The 3D effects are so scary that the animals seem to jump right at the audience. It’s not just the story that determines certification. It’s the overall presentation, the packaging and most important of all, the visual affects used to tell the story. In Jungle Book the jungle animals jumping at the audience in 3D is startling. It’s up to parents to decide how much of these effects are suited for their children.
Pahlaj Nihalani

Nihalani said, “‘UA’ certification gives the parents the right to decide whether they want to take their children for a film. But how do parents know the exact content of a film when they visit a film? We granted ‘UA’ to Kapoor & Sons. But we’ve received objection to kids being allowed into the film.”

The music composer of the film Vishal Bhardwaj said there’s no need of the U/A certificate.

I have seen the film. There is nothing in the film, which asks for ‘U/A’ certificate. It is such a beautiful film. There is nothing in film, which will scare the kids, but let’s just accept the fact these are the times when The Jungle Book is given UA Certificate.
Vishal Bhardwaj told Indiatimes

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