OTT platforms are currently ruling the entertainment world as the theatres are temporarily shut down due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The viewership of digital content has been raising since the lockdown. The OTT streamers mainly target the youth and design their originals and web-series. A lot of bold content is available with filterless language which attracts the youth audience. Plenty of adult content is uploaded on OTT platforms which can’t be viewed with the family. Many projects have already been into the controversies.
Recently, the central commerce minister Piyush Goyal spoke regarding this issue and strongly objected the adult content available digitally. He also commented that it’s an insult to our Indian culture and damages the moral values of society. He asked the makers to maintain the balanced and healthy content which can be watched along with family.
Any movie before its theatrical release undergoes the censor certification and the censor board removes the weird scenes and dialogues. But OTT releases don’t require any censor certification. So, the content creators continued to release the original and uncensored content.
Now, the central government is thinking to put brakes to the misused freedom of OTT platforms. The government is planning to involve the censor board before the digital launch. But this may not be possible if we consider the volume of the content being made.
However, the audiences take the paid subscriptions to experience their favourite content and if the censor board comes to the picture a lot of customers might withdraw their subscriptions which results in gradual losses for the OTT platforms. Let’s wait for the government’s final decision over this.