The Central Board of Film Certification's decision to stall The Argumentative Indian - a documentary on economist Amartya Sen - over the use of words such as "cows" and "criminality in Gujarat" has triggered sharp public criticism.
Other than Professor Sen, eminent historian from Harvard University Sugata Bose and Cornell University Professor of Economics Kaushik Basu were interviewed in the documentary. "After sitting for three hours at the Censor Board office in Kolkata, during which my documentary was screened and the members scrutinised every single shot, and was also told to mute four words "Gujarat", "Cow", "Hindutva view of India" and "Hindu India" for getting U/A certificate", he said.
After targeting films for 'glorifying gay relationships', saying the word "intercourse" or having "lady-oriented" content, the CBFC has said that renowned economist Amartya Sen can not say words and phrases like "cow" and "Gujarat" in a documentary. "It won't be befitting for me to make any comments on this", said Sen. It also has a cameo from former PM and economist Manmohan Singh.
Censor Board of Film Certification is at it again.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reacted to CBFC's objection to specific words in a documentary film that features Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, on Wednesday. "Planning to take battle ahead if it goes to that", said Ghosh. But I never thought such parameters would be followed in documentaries which is not a scripted movie and when it is about a person with such worldwide stature.
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Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, who is presently in Santiniketan in Birbhum district, told reporters, "I have nothing to say on this as I have not directed this documentary".
Sen has declined to comment extensively, saying only: "If the government has any reservations, there can be dialogue".
"I expressed my inability to them", he said. I can see there is an organised attack (by a particular political group). "Now the main thing is not to be deterred by it".
The Censor Board recently had a problem with the word "intercourse" in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal.
It may be recalled that in March, the CBFC had delayed the release of a Bengali film "Shunyota" (Emptiness) which was the first movie made with the subject of demonetisation.
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