Since some months, we have been witnessing a lot of disagreement between film makers and the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) over various issues. While we as audience are confused about the guidelines of CBFC before it announces its verdict, veteran actor Amol Palekar decided to take some action against it! The critically acclaimed actor recently filed a PIL with the Supreme Court seeking clarification on the censorship practices and guidelines. After the PIL was filed, the court issued notices to I&B Ministry and CBFC asking them to make changes in the pre-censorship guidelines. Also Read - Akshay Kumar's Laxmmi Bomb Title is Now 'Laxmii' After Wide Backlash For Hurting Hindu Sentiments
Talking to NDTV, Amol Palekar confirmed the news saying, “I’ve come to court seeking a complete revamp of the censor board and the cinematographer’s act.” Well, it is good to see that finally someone has stepped in to tackle the issue in a legal manner. We hope that the film makers finally get a sigh of relief after the changes are done and that we get the to hear lesser CBFC and filmmakers’ arguments! Meanwhile, the censor board just banned the film Maatr which is the comeback film of Raveena Tandon. As per reports, the board refused to rate the film citing a few gruesome scenes in the film. Also Read - 'Will Expose Surveys That Portray Bad Picture About Freedom of Press in India': I&B Minister Prakash Javdekar as India Dips Further on World Press Freedom Index
According to Indiatoday.in, a source close to the film was quoted as saying, “Rape sequences are always tricky. We never know when they stop becoming shocking and get into the voyeuristic/titillating zone. In Maatr, the women’s violation is subject to allegations of excessive elaboration. Though the film is well-intended and hard-hitting, we cannot take the risk of incurring the wrath of organisation devoted to prevention of violation against women.” (ALSO READ: WTF! Censor Board walked out of Raveena Tandon’s Maatr screening?) Also Read - Imtiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal Faces Brunt of CBFC, Sara Ali Khan-Kartik Aaryan’s Kissing Scene Cut Short
On the other hand, CBFC CEO Anurag Shrivastava clarified, “The screening of the movie Maatr for CBFC was done on Saturday evening and at the moment there is no screening of Maatr again. Ban on the movie is false, as the examination committee is still in process and the result will be conveyed in a day or two,” as per the reports in Hindustan Times. Well, this kind of confusion is what Amol Palekar must be talking about! Let’s wait for the reply by ministry and CBFC now. Do you support Amol Palekar’s view? Do let us know by posting your thoughts in the comment section below.