Bollywood star Abhay Deol weighed in on what is considered as over-the-top (OTT) content on digital platforms. While he feels censoring content on sexuality is absurd, what he finds more ludicrous is how sexuality is considered more offensive than violence in most cases. "It's a futile exercise. If you have to be thorough in censoring content, you would have to censor the Internet. What you get to see in our films, you can see far worse than that online. If you see a naked woman's body in a film, you can see pornography too." The 43-year-old actor believes nudity is used in films to make a point.
"It could be beyond sexuality. It could be something very different. You can't do that in an adult film, for example, which is all about sexual intercourse. If you are talking about censorship, first of all, it baffles me how sexuality seems to be far more offensive than violence," he stated.
The actor is in favour of age-based certification. "If you allow your own artists and filmmakers to explore ideas that might be provocative to you, at least set up a dialogue. The best way to contain that is by giving a certificate. Thus, people can use their discretion and judge what they want to watch and treat them with maturity."
Abhay asserted that even if content was censored by "clipping the wings", it would not hold back the people from watching “inappropriate” material that is easily accessible online. "Three things that go through a human mind when they see something new are: 'Can I eat it? Can I make love with it? Is it dangerous?'. That's natural to mind, because all these things are crucial for survival. As soon as you suppress one thing and try keeping sexuality away from people, they all are going to become frustrated and it’ll eventually come out in one way or another. I don't see it as a bad thing. I just see it as it is. You perceive it as perversion simply because you are told or taught that it's bad."