The Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting’s decision of restricting the time slots for
condom ads to play between 10 pm-6 am has left the TV world divided.
While some feel that the move is not going to serve a purpose, some feel that
condom ads need to be tweaked to convey the desired message.
Yesterday, we told you what TV actresses Rashami Desai, Tinaa Dutta, Sneha Wagh and Sheeba thought about the matter. Now, read on to know what Eijaz Khan, Sehban Azim, Gunjan Utreja and Saurabh Pandey have to say:
Eijaz Khan: The Information and Broadcasting ministry comprises educated individuals, I guess more educated than me. They know what they are doing and whatever they have done is probably after doing a series of surveys. I don't even want to validate this question by giving a straight answer. Yes, sometimes the condom ads are very hot and steamy, etc but you see these ads during your films, on the internet. You cannot regulate all these things. I think as a child, when I saw that nirodh ad and asked my father, he kind of explained it to me that it was something to do with adults and birth control. I understood much later. Anything and everything that initiates a dialogue with teenagers, especially when it comes to safe sex, should not be relegated to 10 pm to 6 am. I think it's the need of the hour especially in the most populated country like ours. Having said that, the ministry consists of intelligent and more educated, they probably know what they are doing.
Sehban Azim: After persistently asking my parents, when I was too young about condoms, my parents told me condoms and sanitary napkin were diapers for an adult. But soon I did find out the reality and at that time there was only Doordarshan and no Internet. Now if you go tell the same thing to a kid in 2017, he probably might correct you and provide you with the right information. I think it's all out there and we should educate them rather than hiding any information.
Gunjan Utreja: The issue is that condom ads do not educate. Instead of educating people about its benefits, it’s only an erotic visual trying to sell a product. So I can understand how it may have an adverse effect on kids or can be embarrassing to watch the same with your family. We need to have more educating condom ads which will help us.
Saurabh Pandey: I can understand the fact that for some families it can be odd to sit together, when a condom ad plays on TV. Family members might feel odd or kids might just ask parents that what the product is and some people might not be able to explain it to their kids. But I think elders are mature enough to handle such situations. But if we think we are trying to hide something by blocking condom TV ads from 10 pm to 6 am then I guess it's not going to help much because anyways we see condom ads at many other places such as the Internet, online videos, posters, medical shops etc.
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