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India: Netflix India released a censored version of the movie Mission Impossible: Fallout

16 July 2020
Image: Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Fallout / YouTube

 

24 June: A censored version of the movie Mission Impossible: Fallout has been released on Netflix India, reported Medianama. In the censored version, all mentions of the Kashmir region or maps of Kashmir have been removed.

According to Gadgets360, the censored version on Netflix is the same version that has been shown in Indian cinemas, and that has been approved by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The movie had originally been scheduled to be released on Netflix India on 10 June, but then disappeared from the “Coming Soon” section. It is further reported that Hollywood movies are usually obtained by streaming services as an international deal. Thus, Gadgets360 suggests it could have been Paramount Pictures’ decision to supply Netflix India with a censored version. Gadgets360 contacted Netflix for an official statement, which they replied to with the following statement: “This is a licensed title. We are showing the version that was released in India in 2018.”

As reported in the State of Artistic Freedom Report 2020, “the decades-long conflict between India and Pakistan due to territorial disputes in the Kashmir region on the border between the two countries has had a consistent effect on the cultural cooperation between the countries.”

Read more about the conflict between Pakistan and India and the state of artistic freedom in India in the State of Artistic Freedom Report 2020.

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