Raid at Theatres to Curb Kids Seeing A' Films

Hyderabad: The Cyberabad police inspected single-screen and multiplex theatres in an effort to address the growing concerns over children being allowed to view A-rated films including recent releases such as ‘Animal’, ‘Salaar’ and ‘Mangalavaram.’

Many citizens expressed worry over the impact of explicit content on the impressionable minds of young moviegoers. Ananya Handa, a parent, shared her apprehension, saying, "I was shocked to see children as young as two and 10-11 entering the cinema halls to watch these A-rated films. It's crucial to consider the psychological effects such content can have on their development."

Amit Muggula, another concerned citizen, spoke about the need for stricter enforcement of age restrictions. "Film ratings are in place for a reason. Allowing minors into the screening meant for mature audiences undermines the system and exposes children to content that might not be suitable for their age group," he said.

Mall authorities, where several multiplexes are situated, have weighed in on the matter. A spokesperson from a prominent mall in the city said that people who bought tickets over third-party apps/websites entered the screens with valid tickets and it took the theatre personnel a while to explain the rules to the families.

"Now, we're telling parents and minors that even when they book tickets online, they have a warning about the rating of the film and it is solely their responsibility if they spend money and are not able to watch a film due to the age restriction. At one time, we even requested parents to choose from two other films being screened at around that time," the mall spokesperson told Deccan Chronicle.

Mariyam Mohsin, a psychologist, highlighted the potential harm of exposing young minds to inappropriate content, saying, "Children are highly impressionable, and exposure to violent or explicit material can have lasting effects on their emotional and psychological well-being.”

“Even though they might not be able to understand it at that age, the sounds and visuals of violence, blood or even screams can leave a lasting impression on the infant. I have known children, who grew up to be already of theatres and closed halls at ages 17 and 19, due to being exposed to such films when younger," Mohsin said.

Amar Kokkanti, another citizen said he hoped such inspections by the police happen at regular intervals to prevent young viewers entering film halls to view age-restricted movies. “It is unfortunate that police intervention is even needed for something like this,” he said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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