For years, the CBFC has been going far beyond its jurisdiction, acting as a so-called guardian of our morality and worldview.
The movie has the Ramjanmbhoomi agitation and the demolition of the Babri mosque as its background.
The CBFC says the version of the film shown to the festival’s jury violated certain rules, and hence the film has to be re-examined by the board.
Despite the apex court’s statement, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the film will not be released in his state until the director issues a clarification.
“I am not making comfortable films, I am raising issues that affect the lives of millions of people.”
Viacom 18, the makers of the film, had earlier said that they have deferred the movie’s release which was originally scheduled on December 1.
The information broadcasting ministry had earlier removed S Durga, as well as Nude, from the festival’s line up despite the jury choosing them.
The Censor Board in Kolkata has stalled the release of a documentary on the Nobel laureate because the director has refused to beep out Sen saying ‘Gujarat’, ‘cow’, ‘Hindu India’ or ‘Hindutva view of India’.
CBFC has asked Bengali filmmaker Anik Dutta to beep the words ‘Ramrajya’, ‘bandh’ and ‘penis’ from his latest thriller Meghnad Badh Rahasya.
In conversation with Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, directors of political documentary ‘An Insignificant Man’.
The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal has advised the CBFC to reconsider certifying movies that were willing to accept cuts and additions.
The film certification guidelines are abstract, vague and imprecise, leading to rampant erratic and subjective interpretations of scenes/language in a film amounting to unfair curtailment of the filmmakers’ freedom of expression.
The provisions of these laws, Amol Palekar has said, have not been questioned in the last 47 years and have failed to keep up with the times.
The CBFC has denied the film a certificate for “glorifying” homosexual relationships, “vulgarity”, depicting Hinduism in a “derogatory” fashion and for depicting a Muslim woman masturbating.
A documentary about farmers’ protests against bottling plants owned by Coca Cola subsidiaries has been denied certification on the grounds of ‘political motive’.
The celebrated actor-director looks at the way censorship has been influenced by conservative and bigoted ideas about morality, nationalism, culture and community.
Judges should limit their scrutiny to questions of legal interpretation, procedural infractions and the confines of the constitution, and not wade into the territory of moral or artistic judgement.
Are our filmstars, sportspersons or industrialists unintelligent or unaware of what is going on in the country?
Movie makers are resisting the trend of introducing more disclaimers, but the Centre is about to thrust another one on audiences.
Many artists have now incorporated moving images in their works in one way or another. None of these go to the CBFC for certification.