Reeling from Censor Shock

India may be the world’s most film producing country which comes at the cost of impeachment on artistic freedom and public outrage.

With pressure groups engaged in culture wars and commercial influences producing dialectic freedom within a matrix of ethical, aesthetic and national interest, films which are neither probing nor explicit are axed on flimsy reasons. 

We are going back in reverse to the scissor-happy days at the drop of universally accepted words like lesbian in movies.

I still hope it’s a hangover that we are coursing through because measuring censorship based on morale outlook is over. Or our highly creative process is still under unflinching threat?

Ravi Jadhav’s Nude and Sanal Sasidharan’s S Durga has been delisted from the 21 films to be featured at the Internal Film Festival panorama even after the jury passed their much-appreciated judgement.

On one hand, it is utterly deplorable that radical groups are targeting movies based on sequences they just heard instead of seeing. The undiscerning ruling out by the Ministry of Information and Broadcast highlights the subtle prejudice.

Is art too shallow to be described in monikers and names?

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Beyond Monikers And Names

Sanil Kumar Sasidharan’s movie S Durga earlier titled as Sexy Durga entails the predicament of a couple eloping at night by taking a lift in a car.

The crux of the movie is the notion of fear which the director has used adroitly by cutting in to the lady being ogled at by men who offer her a lift but refuse to let her go.

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The art of expressing fear without resorting to violence has been adroitly expressed by drawing in parallels to the festival celebrated in the name of Goddess Kali which represents the embodiment of both fear and fury.

Can you abide by the statements issued by the Ministry that it hurts the religious sentiments of people? 

The Ministry can’t surely respect art but national sentiment at it’s best.

Next, we move on to Ravi Jadhav’s movie Nude which traces the struggles of a poor woman who poses nude for money. Entailing a nude model’s life about the repressing dilemmas and the acceptance she never wishes for her son.

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The trailer has a poetic background with melancholic music seguing into a poignant discourse by an artist who openly expresses his thoughts on clothes may cover the body but not the soul.

Naseeruddin Shah plays the artist intent on exploring the soul through his art.

Sujoy Ghosh who has resigned from the jury in protest affirmed how the movie’s touchy aesthetics appealed to him with no inkling of vulgarity.

India still remains the ironical democracy where movies with lecherous item numbers are freely allowed but the scope of exploring taboo subjects as an art form still prompts an eye-roll from the authoritative Ministry.

“You have a censor board, which demands 72 cuts in ‘Udta Punjab’, an Amartya Sen documentary where censor insists the word Hindu and cows should be cut out. If this isn’t a nanny state then what is?”

Shashi Tharoor’s hard-hitting statements questions the state of our government after all.


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