With the streaming platforms now coming under the censorship guidelines of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the free-for-all atmosphere that prevailed on the OTT platform is a thing of the past, as it now looks at a glum future.
The ongoing serials which revel in the ‘filth’ dimension would now have to seriously reconsider their attitude towards the volume of luridness in their content. A member of the popular Mirzapur cast revealed to this writer that there is consternation in their team over the new censorship rules on the digital platform. “We are talking about this among ourselves. Our USP in Mirzapur is the blunt content, fearless plotline, and the authentic dialogues. The characters speak like real gangsters in the Northern belt. They would now have to curb their BCs and MCs severely. It would just not be the same anymore.”
However a source close to the BJP government says the OTT platform doesn’t have to be afraid. “It’s not as though overnight they would be asked to turn into prudes. The whole idea of a digital platform is to give filmmakers the freedom to show and say what they can’t in the cinema. The curb would be on sleaze rather than authenticity.”
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