The special effects from Walt Disney's The Jungle Book (a relaunch of the 1967 animation from Rudyard Kipling's work) has been tagged scary by India's Censor Board for kids below the age of 12.
Parents has been advised to attend the screenings with their kids because the animals shown in the 3D animation movie is too scary.
The film opens in Indian theatres on today Friday 8 April.
It’s a computer generated remake of the 1967 animated film that was based on Rudyard Kipling’s book.
India’s Censor Board Chief Pahlaj Nihalini confirmed that the advice was necessary and that parents should heed to the warning because the 3D effects were creeepy. 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 will be released in the United States with a PG rating, 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.