If all goes well, very soon Hollywood films won’t require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Animal Welfare Board in scenes showing animals. This process of revising existent rules apparently came about after the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) viewed two new Hollywood epics Alex Proyas’ The Gods Of Egypt and Alejandro G Inarritu’s The Revenant where animals are used extensively in the action sequences.
The two films have spectacular shots of horses and other animals in action. The Revenant has a bear mauling and seriously wounding the hero. It also has scene of the hero seeking shelter in a horse’s carcass. We’ve reduced the scenes. But we could not remove them for the sake of continuity.”
Says a source close to the CBFC, “We’ve initiated moves to stop Hollywood films from seeking NOCs from the Animal Welfare Board. We are not qualified to judge how Western films use animals. A lot of times the scenes with animals are CGs (Computer Graphics). How can Hollywood producers be expected to get approval from the Animal Welfare Board? Better we scrap the rule for non-Indian films.”