You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Jungle Book scary for kids: Indian censors

Associated Press Associated Press 8/04/2016

India's censor board is requiring parents to accompany children under 12 at screenings of Disney's The Jungle Book because the special effects made its animals too scary.

The movie opens in Indian theaters on Friday. It's a computer-generated remake of the 1967 animated film that was based on Rudyard Kipling's book.

Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalini justified the restriction by saying the 3D effects were scary as the animals seem to jump right at the audience.

"It's up to parents to decide how much of these effects are suited for their children," Nihalani told reporters late on Wednesday.

The decision hasn't gone well with many. Bollywood producer Mukesh Bhatt said it was a shame on the country if a film like The Jungle Book was given the "U/A" certificate.

The film has opened in Australia with a PG rating and will released in the US with a PG tag, meaning parental guidance is suggested because of some scary scenes.

On Thursday, Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana also found the movie's certification "unbelievable" and challenged the criteria behind it.

"Maybe it is because of the 3D images of Bhageera and Sherkhan bouncing off the screen. These days kids are used to reading story books and watching Captain America, and after all these are animated films," the Press Trust of India quoted him as saying.

Compared to Hollywood, movie norms in India are extremely strict. Censorship authorities often order filmmakers - both Indian and foreign - to chop scenes deemed offensive. Films with graphic content can be barred completely.

Last year, India's film censor authorities ordered that kissing scenes in the James Bond movie, Spectre, be shortened before it was released in the country.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon