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Item­ples and it was only a mod­ern artist Raja Ravi Varma who adorned them with lat­est Kancheep­u­ram silk with faces made up as if they have stepped out fresh from a beauty par­lour. As for Sexy Durga of young Malyalam Di­rec­tor Sasid­ha­ran, it was pointed out that the ti­tle could hurt Hindu sen­ti­ments. Sasid­ha­ran ap­pealed to Ker­ala High Court and got the ban re­voked but bu­reau­cracy guided by po­lit­i­cal power kept the ban rais­ing some tech­ni­cal points.

The lat­est vic­tim of the cru­sade against cre­ative films is noted film maker San­jay Leela Bhansali’s Pad­ma­vati. The films is said to be hurt­ing Ra­jput pride and the cam­paign against it has been joined even by the BJP ruled state gov­ern­ments. The film is still with the Cen­tral Film Cen­sor Board, but po­lit­i­cal goon­das are threat­en­ing to kill the di­rec­tor and heroine Padukone.

Of late, re­li­gious ob­scu­ran­tism, sec­tar­ian sen­ti­ments, re­gional hooli­gans mas­querad­ing as pro­tec­tors of na­tional pride are there to black-mail the think­ing film-mak­ers. Their mob power and in­cit­ing peo­ple make them un­of­fi­cial cen­sors and the Gov­ern­ment as the pro­tec­tors of a pseudo pride. n In­dia, films are the main en­ter­tain­ment of the com­mon peo­ple. After the 10 to 5 work sched­ule, the work­ing man/woman has not much time to in­dulge in other arts and lit­er­a­ture - read­ing books, watch­ing clas­si­cal dances, paint­ing and lis­ten­ing to clas­si­cal mu­sic. Cinema is cheap, wouldn’t take your power of think­ing, could sit back and re­lax. There­fore film-mak­ers gen­er­ally do not touch on sub­jects that pro­voke think­ing; the favourite theme is the old tri­an­gu­lar love sto­ries of hero, heroine and vil­lain.

If some young pro­duc­ers wish to stray from the beaten track, they have to take im­mense risks. Fi­nan­cially, they will find it dif­fi­cult to find money as many may not be ready to ex­pend on a ven­ture where the re­turns are un­sure.

In the 48th In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val of In­dia (IFFI) that was held re­cently in Goa, among the films se­lected to be screened in the In­dian Panorama by noted film pro­fes­sion­als in­cluded two films, Sexy Durga and Nude. These were omit­ted by the In­for­ma­tion Min­istry. The Panorama jury Chair­man Su­joy Ghosh re­signed protest­ing against the Min­istry’s ac­tion and sev­eral of its mem­bers too were un­sat­is­fied by the Gov­ern­ment be­com­ing a moral police.

The Nude might have been re­moved from the Panorama be­cause the prude bu­reau­cracy thought the name might hurt the peo­ple’s sen­ti­ments. They should know that In­dian Gods and God­desses were shown half-naked in the stat­ues of an­cient

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