Renowned actor Govind Namdev has once again voiced his disappointment over the CBFC’s decision to grant an ‘A’ certificate to OMG 2. Namdev had previously raised his concerns on Facebook, rebuking the Central Board of Film Certification for both categorizing OMG 2 as for adults and demanding more than 20 cuts in a film that addresses sex education in schools. Drawing attention to this issue, Namdev compared India’s stance to that of apparently more ‘conservative’ nations, such as the UAE and Oman.
Sharing a video on Facebook that discusses the CBFC’s ‘A’ certification for OMG 2 despite its intended audience of teenagers, Namdev captioned his post, “Even in conservative countries like UAE and Oman, students from 12th standard onwards are permitted by the Govt. to watch OMG (2) in order to let them guide in the direction of sex education. We too can learn from these countries. God bless …” It’s notable that UAE and Oman have permitted children above 12 years to watch OMG 2.
In a prior post, Namdev had strongly criticized the CBFC’s decision, stating, “The kind of mind the Censor Board should have applied to censor a ‘disgusting’ film like Adipurush, they applied it to cut and scrap a thoughtful and progressive film like OMG 2.”
Directed by Amit Rai, OMG 2 features Pankaj Tripathi, Akshay Kumar, Yami Gautam, and Govind Namdev in the role of a priest. This renewed criticism from Namdev underscores the ongoing debate surrounding censorship and content classification in Indian cinema.