This is a fight to re­claim ‘evap­o­rat­ing free­doms’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Ac­tor-film­maker Amol Palekar’s wife Sand­hya Gokhale (above, with Palekar) says that Palekar’s Supreme Court pe­ti­tion, chal­leng­ing the “pre­cen­sor­ship” of films, is a move to re­claim “evap­o­rat­ing free­doms”. Sand­hya, a lawyer, filed the pe­ti­tion on be­half of Palekar. She tells us that the “ar­bi­trary, ram­pant” de­ci­sions by the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, aka Cen­sor Board, need to stop.

“It has been go­ing on for a long time — the fact that the Cen­sor Board de­cides to not re­lease a film [for] the most ar­bi­trary rea­sons; and for the past three years, it has be­come ram­pant,” she says.

“They re­fused to cer­tify a film, be­cause the mak­ers re­fused to cut the word Man Ki Bat from their film. Is it a cuss word or a patented phrase? An­other film wasn’t given a cer­tifi­cate be­cause it was ‘lady ori­ented,’” she adds.

In­ci­den­tally, Mann Ki Baat is a ra­dio pro­gramme in which Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ad­dresses the na­tion.

Film­maker Shyam Bene­gal, who heads a panel look­ing into re­vamp­ing the Cen­sor Board, says, “[A change] is both fun­da­men­tal to and im­por­tant for the film in­dus­try. I am await­ing a re­sponse from the gov­ern­ment to our com­mit­tee’s [in­terim] re­port.”

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In his Supreme Court pe­ti­tion, Amol Palekar has said that since the In­ter­net was not cen­sored and any­one could talk about any­thing on­line, cen­sor­ship on film­mak­ers cre­ated an un­fair sit­u­a­tion. The SC has asked the Cen­tre to re­ply.

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