Lal Sarkar yet to se­cure cer­tifi­cate from CBFC

◗ The movie de­picts the 25 yrs of mis­rule of Left Front in Tripura ◗ The CPM had ob­jected to the film, which the party be­lieves was a part of BJP’s elec­toral cam­paign in the state ahead of the As­sem­bly polls

The Asian Age - - Nation - NITIN MA­HA­JAN

The movie Lal Sarkar, which de­picts the 25 years of mis­rule of the Left Front in Tripura, is yet to se­cure a cen­sor cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. It was sched­uled for a re­lease in Fe­bru­ary this year ahead of the As­sem­bly polls. Now, it may only be cer­ti­fied for re­lease weeks af­ter the Com­mu­nists have fi­nally been un­seated from power by the BJP.

Sources stated that the movie could not meet its sched­uled re­lease date in Fe­bru­ary as some Cen­sor Board of­fi­cials ob­jected to the de­pic­tion of the Manik Sarkar gov­ern­ment in the state; use of Tripura’s name in the movie; and the de­pic­tion of the CPM flag. They added that the movie, which is un­der­stood to have a tacit and un­of­fi­cial back­ing of the BJP, is now pre­par­ing to make its case be­fore the Cen­sor Board again.

Speak­ing to this news­pa­per, pro­ducer Sushil Shar­man, how­ever, claimed that the ob­jec­tions by the Cen­sor Board have been ad­dressed and the CPM flag has also been changed in the film.

“There are many films where a state’s name has been used, like in Udta Pun­jab. But no Cen­sor Board ob­jected to it. Sim­i­larly, there are many films where proper CPM flag along with its sym­bol

has been used. We have merely shown a red flag. I don’t un­der­stand why it was ob­jected to,” said Shar­man.

The plot of the film re­volves around a doc­u­men­tary film­maker, who dis­cov­ers the al­leged wrong­do­ings of the Left Front- ruled gov­ern­ment in Tripura. It also men­tions the na­tional scheme MNREGA.

Though BJP has de­nied any links to the film, the CPI( M), how­ever, in­sisted that BJP was be­hind the film and had ques­tioned about the tim­ing of its pro­posed re­lease in Fe­bru­ary. In­ter­est­ingly, the movie also has a song sung by Babul Supriyo, an MoS in the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment.

Lal Sarkar will have sub­ti­tles in Ben­gali and Kok­borok ( the tribal lan­guage of Tripura). The film is di­rected by Ab­hi­jit Ashok Paul and is the first fea­ture film pro­duced by Shar­man. The film also tries to por­tray the em­ploy­ment sce­nario, level of cor­rup­tion, and the in­ci­dence of crime against women in Tripura.

The CPM had ob­jected to the film, which the party be­lieves was a part of BJP’s elec­toral cam­paign in the state ahead of the As­sem­bly polls. It also ques­tioned the tim­ing of the film’s re­lease.

The pro­ducer has re­peat­edly de­nied that his project is in any way linked to BJP. He claimed that the idea for the film struck him when he vis­ited the state a few years ago to shoot doc­u­men­taries on tribal peo­ple. He said he wanted to high­light “the plight of the peo­ple” of Tripura.

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