Sex Tape’, the Hollywood comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, may not see the light of day in India. The Examining Committee of the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has rejected the film. The producers of the film have appealed to the Revising Committee, but buzz is, the film is unlikely to get the nod.
“The Examining Committee was shocked when they saw the film last week,” said a source close to the development. “It was clear in the first 30 minutes itself that Sex Tape will face the axe,” added the source.
Explaining the bone of contention, the source said, “There is male and female nudity with visible posteriors. How on earth can the CBFC certify it?” Kersei Daruwala, the MD of the company releasing the film in India, maintained the “No comments” stance but a source from the production house told Mirror, “We will not go to the Tribunal if the Revising Committee rejects it too, since Sex Tape is not a culturally sensitive film. It does not have any social message either.”
The studio has slotted theatrical shows from August 29 and was about to flag off their publicity campaign.
Speaking about the film’s fate Anand Vishal, Head of Operations, Fun Cinemas, said, “We faced a similar situation during the release of the Brad Pitt starrer Fight Club and Penelope Cruz’s The Counselor. India is not America. What is acceptable in the US need not be acceptable here.”
Vishal however admitted that there is a market for adult films. “But if we do release Sex Tape, we will have to make sure that kids below the age of 18 do not get into the theatres,” he added.
However, Manoj Desai, owner of Gaiety-Galaxy, Maratha Mandir, was vocal in his reservations, “I don’t know how many shows can I give to a film like Sex Tape.”