‘The Jungle Book’ gets ‘U/A’ rating; Mukesh Bhatt slams CBFC

English author Rudyard Kipling’s classic ‘The Jungle Book’ and its television and silver screen adaptations has enthralled children across the world. But, the recent live-action big screen version by Jon Favreau has been deemed ‘scary’ for children by censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani.

The Central Board of Film Certification has passed the Neel Sethi starrer film with an ‘U/A’ certificate, which means that children will be able to watch the film only under adult supervision.   

According to Nihalani, the latest live-action adventure movie was different from the previous versions of ‘The Jungle Book’ and the film's "startling" 3D effects made parental supervision a necessity.

"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," the CBFC chairman was quoted by DNA.

The CBFC’s decision seems to have irked Vishal Bhardwaj, the music composer of the Hindi dubbed version of the movie.

"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,” he said.

Producer Mukesh Bhatt also slammed the censor board and Nihalani for the move. “This shows how crazy this country has become. If Jungle Book can get ‘U/A’, then I think the government needs to do some very serious thinking about CBFC. CBFC should be put in a garbage can. That is where it should be,” he was quoted by The Indian Express.

When asked about Nihalani’s reasoning behind the rating, Mukesh said, “I am not talking about Nihalani. He is just a stooge of the people who have put him there. If a Jungle Book can get a ‘U/A’, shame on India.”