On being asked by a Twitter follower if she'd abolish censorship in Bollywood if she could, Mallika gave this reply, reports HT City.
The chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Leela Samson said: “Whatever Mallika has said is her personal opinion. She is a good actor and I feel she has the right to say whatever she wants.”
Says filmmaker and writer Pritish Nandy: “I am all for freedom. Without liberty and equality, no democracy is worth its name. Censorship is a blot on any democracy. Long before Sherawat, the greatest thinkers and leaders have said this.”
Director Mahesh Bhatt says: “I think Mallika meant that the censorship of human thought can be cancerous for the spirit. As far as the Censor Board is concerned, we have come a long way from the 1970s, but there's a longer way to go.”
Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava, whose film Turning 30 last year ran into trouble with censors, says: “ Our Censor Board has double standards ... item songs where a woman shows her assets is fine, but there's a problem with a woman who speaks her mind.”
Says actor Gul Panag: “In an educated, aware society, censorship should be minimal. However, in a country with a large illiterate population, censorship is a necessary evil.”