Vardhan Puri believes that censorship can majorly hinder one’s creativity to express freely on OTT platforms.
In a recent press conference, Salman Khan discussed a variety of subjects, including OTT and censorship. The actor has stated that vulgarity, nudity, and abusive language should be kept under check on the platform. Vardhan Puri, the son of Amrish Puri, has since expressed a different opinion. According to the actor, censorship can seriously limit one's ability to express one's creativity freely on OTT platforms.
In an interview with India Today, Vardhan Puri said, “I respect everyone’s opinion. I personally would beg to differ. I feel creativity is dead if there is any censorship. I am anti-censorship. I do believe in certification, there can be guidelines put, there can be labels drawn. But as adults, everyone should have the power to choose what they want to watch. I do not stand for any kind of censorship, especially on OTT.”
He also added, “Certification is fine but cutting portions out, not allowing something to release because of language or nudity or vulgarity makes no sense to me. Regulation is fine, but censorship is not. You have to regulate who is able to watch the content because there are also minors who do consume this kind of content. But, deciding for people what is okay for them to watch is, I think, kind of ridiculous.”
“I don’t believe in that kind of content. I mean I have been here since 1989 and I have never done any of this kind of stuff so I just think that there should be a censor on OTT and all this vulgarity, nudity, ‘gaali galoch’ (abusive words) should stop.”
Salman Khan made the point that because the stuff is now readily available on phones, one should check it out. The actor further questioned the media about their opinion of girls or children between the ages of 15 and 16 watching offensive or vulgar content on their phones.
Meanwhile, Vardhan Puri has worked as an assistant director on films like Ishaqzaade, Shuddh Desi Romance, and Daawat-e-Ishq. Moreover, he made his acting debut in Yeh Saali Aashiqui, where he played Shivaleeka Oberoi's opposite.