It has been reported that the Federal Government Board has given the National Film and Video Censors Board a directive to set up three boards to break down and order a film titled, ‘Bob Risky in Love’ featuring Idris Okunneye otherwise known as Bob Risky.
The film was created by Nollywood Namaste Production organization while Ken Steve Anuka was the chief. In the film, Bob Risky acts as a transgender lady named Cherechi who went out of the nation as a man just to come back to the town as a lady to the mortification of his fiancee and relatives.
In the soundtrack of the film, individuals from the open are urged to acknowledge Cherechi otherwise known as Cherry B as a transgender. Be that as it may, a high ranking representative of the NFVCB disclosed to The PUNCH that three separate boards have been set 3 different group to rate the Bob Risky movie.
He, in any case, said it must be noticed that Nigeria has laws that preclude homosexuality and in this way work of expressions that advance it can’t be embraced by the legislature. The official said, “We have set up three different panels to view the movie which was given to us by the producers for classification and review.
“For the purpose of fairness and objectivity, we will not give specific details since evaluation is still ongoing but note that any movie that promotes homosexuality in contravention of our laws cannot be endorsed. Latest by next week we will deliver a verdict on the movie. If the movie is banned, it would be communicated to the producers and our enforcement team would mop up all copies of the film on the market and defaulters would be apprehended and fined appropriately.”
The movie, which was released a few weeks ago already has over 500,000 views on YouTube and has garnered thousands of comments.He said, “When classifying movies, we consider its cultural value, we check whether it is divisive given the fault lines of Nigeria as regards religion and tribe.”
“We check its message, whether it promotes things that we find repugnant in our nation; we check the level of violence portrayed in the movie as well as sxxual content and other things.
“Usually, it takes a minimum of one week and a maximum of two weeks for a movie submitted to us to be classified. But the online phenomenon is changing things and there is a need for us to adapt to new realities.”The NFVCB is the regulatory body set up by Act No.85 of 1993 to regulate films and video industry in Nigeria.”
The board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally.