Subhash K Jha (DNA; July 5, 2017)

The Sridevi-starrer Mom, which deals with a relevant issue involving women’s safety, has been granted a ‘15’ censor certification in the UK. That means, children under 15 cannot watch the film in the UK. Surprisingly, the eagerly-awaited mother-daughter drama was given a ‘UA’ certificate in India, which means, children accompanied by their parents can watch it.

The beleaguered Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson, Pahlaj Nihalani can’t stop gloating about the glaring beam of liberal light cutting through the CBFC’s staid image. “We at the Indian Censor Board are supposed to be prudes, fuddy-duddies and outdated dinosaurs. Yet, we understand how important it is for children to see a film like Mom because of what it tells us about the parent-child issues. It concerns the child as much as parents. We felt Mom must be seen by children, of course, accompanied by parents,” says Nihalani a tad proudly.