The government has revised its decision regarding a total ban on adults only movies and will only cut sex scenes that have been implanted and are irrelevant to the movie’s storyline, Cultural Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana said yesterday.
He said the decision was taken at a meeting he held with film directors and the Public Performances Board chairman Ashoka Serasinghe.
The minister said that at this meeting a request was made that only implanted adult content, not relevant to the story, should be censored.
Mr. Serasinghe said the PPB would recall the movies with ‘adults only’ certificates and review them. "The parameters are, if a story request a sex scene, we will allow it and class it as adults only. However, if we feel that someone has implanted anirrelevant sex element, it will be censored. There are such films from places like Hongkong and Kerala,” he said..
The National Film Corporation’s Acting General Manager Nadeeka Gunasekara said not only screen movies but also video films, teledramas, websites and advertisements would be monitored. “We will look out for irrelevant implanted content that is potentially damaging to Sri Lankas culture,” she said.
Popular actor and film producer Sanath Gunatillke said that when we first heard that all adults only films were to be banned, he thought it was outrageous.
“More than fifty percent of the movies that go to film festivals are adults only films. Amidst this speculation, people have been calling PPB and asking why my film Ekamath Eka Rataka has not been banned. The PPB reviewed it and told me not a single scene has to be cut out. I am very happy,” he said.