For years, the CBFC has been going far beyond its jurisdiction, acting as a so-called guardian of our morality and worldview.
While experts have raised doubts over the legality of such a demand, film-makers Khusboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla are determined to fight against the CBFC’s request to get permission from Modi and other senior politicians.
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.
India chronically suffers from censorship controversies with films being subject to the mercy of the CBFC.
The film was denied certification because it has “sensitive gay scenes, use of derogatory words against women and vulgar dialogues”.
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.
The court has also ordered that a special panel watch the film on June 14, and submit a report on whether it is fit for public viewing on June 16.
Anurag Kashyap, producer of Udta Punjab, has launched a twitter war following the Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) direction to make 89 cuts to the film.