Netflix stopped streaming uncut Indian films globally and joined other OTT platforms

Although some OTT platforms have been doing this for a while, Netflix’s move to stop streaming uncut movies has given the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) some semblance of control over what Indians see in movies, even when they watch them online.

Netflix stopped streaming uncut Indian films


While discussions about the Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) alleged unfair movie censorship heat up, uncensored versions of Indian films are no longer being streamed anywhere in the world on another, potentially final, streaming platform.

Netflix recently joined the ranks of OTT platforms that stopped showing versions of Indian films before receiving CBFC approval, according to a report by The Hindu, which it asserts to have generated after a review of many films released this year. Amit Rai’s OMG 2, Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Leo, and Anubhav Sinha’s Bheed were reportedly among the films that had portions removed that dealt with political, social, or mature themes.

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The same strategy used by other streaming services:

Netflix stopped streaming uncut Indian films

With rare exceptions for particular films, other streaming services have been using this strategy for some time. Still, Netflix’s adoption gives the CBFC indirect control over what Indians watch in movies, even when they’re watching them online.

Netflix said in a statement to the Hindu, “We have a huge variety of Indian original films and TV shows, all of which speak to our long-standing support for creative expression,” despite not answering questions regarding its evolving censorship policies. This diversity sets us apart from the competition in addition to reflecting the wildly varied tastes of our members.