'Fifty Shades Darker’ Banned in India, Good Box Office Receipts Despite Bad Reviews
"Fifty Shades Darker" has taken the world by storm but it will not be seen in India. Reports show that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), India's film certification body, has banned the latest installment in the "Fifty Shades" franchise in the country.
The "Fifty Shades Darker" trilogy by E.L. James is a modern-day version of a BDSM relationship. It features Dakota Johnson who plays the naive Anastassia Steele and Jamie Dornan who plays the role of a seducer convincingly.
Anastassia Steele and Jamie Dornan of the "Fifty Shades Darker" fame have been in the limelight lately because of their supposed love affair. Dornan has been very controversial because of rumors of split up with his wife.
The people behind the "Fifty Shades Darker" movie already expected the ban in India because of the movie's R-18 rating. There are, however, reports that it was banned not because of the rating, but because of poor reviews.
"Fifty Shades Darker" got very low ratings from movie critics. The ratings, however, did not matter with the viewers as it fared well at the box office worldwide, according to Korea Portal.
The CBFC did not see the humor in the film's BDSM scenes and gave the producers a chance to delete the scenes. The people behind "Fifty Shades Darker" opted to retain the scenes and accepted the rating. Universal agreed to remove the scenes in Vietnam, but not in India so they decided not to release the movie there.
The creators of "Fifty Shades Darker" made an effort to keep the film from promoting violence against women, according to Vulture. This was, however, easily said than done considering the Christian Grey's sexual proclivities in the film.
The reviews given to "Fifty Shades Darker" seems to be not a reflection of the overall sentiments of moviegoers who flocked to the theaters. Others claimed that while the film has a BDSM theme, it depicted the options available to women today.
Observers of "Fifty Shades Darker" noted the chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Those in the know, however, claim the two could not stand each other.