Min bats for State govt man on film cer­ti­fi­ca­tion board

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

JUST af­ter the film cer­ti­fi­ca­tion board re­moved the scenes ob­jected by AIADMK in Vi­jay-star­rer ‘Sarkar’, In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Kadambur Raju bat­ted for hav­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the State govern­ment on the board, now func­tion­ing fully un­der the con­trol of Cen­tral govern­ment, to avoid such prob­lems in fu­ture.

“In def­er­ence to the views of the peo­ple, pro­duc­ers of this film have come to a de­ci­sion to re­move those ob­jec­tion­able scenes from Sarkar. With this, the is­sue has come to an end. So, the ag­i­ta­tions against the film will not be there here­after,” the min­is­ter told re­porters here.

Asked about the crit­i­cism that send­ing a film which had al­ready been cen­sored for re-cen­sor­ing would be in­ter­fer­ing in the free­dom of film in­dus­try, the min­is­ter said “It is not ac­tu­ally a case for re-cen­sor. It is an ap­peal for re­mov­ing cer­tain scenes. Per­haps, the mem­bers of the Cen­sor Board might not have felt the se­ri­ous­ness of such scenes. To avoid this kind of prob­lems in fu­ture, there should be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from State govern­ment too on the Cen­sor Board. This will serve as a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to such is­sues in fu­ture.”

“We treat every­one in the film in­dus­try equally and we have no par­tial­ity to­wards any­one,” the min­is­ter said and re­called the wel­fare mea­sures im­ple­mented by the late Chief Min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa for the film in­dus­try. He also re­called how the State govern­ment had helped in the re­lease of Mer­sal film last year when it faced some is­sues.

“If we fail to show our feel­ings openly, we can­not call our­selves as AIADMK cadre,” the min­is­ter said re­spond­ing to a ques­tion.

“Many films in the past have crit­i­cised the govern­ment. In Sarkar, cer­tain scenes in­sulted our late leader J Jay­alalithaa and the free­bie schemes ini­ti­ated by her for the wel­fare of the poor. Dur­ing the DMK regime, two-acre land scheme was an­nounced, but could not be im­ple­mented. But these is­sues were not crit­i­cised in that film, but the scenes were de­lib­er­ately aimed at the wel­fare schemes of Amma and hence AIADMK cadre ag­i­tated against Sarkar,” he said.

Many films in the past have crit­i­cised the govern­ment. In Sarkar, cer­tain scenes in­sulted Jay­alalithaa and her free­bie schemes for peo­ple’s wel­fare

Kadambur Raju

D SAMPATHKUMAR

Po­lice leave af­ter the ‘Sarkar’ protests died down at Wood­lands theatre in Chen­nai on Fri­day |

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