TRAILER On documentary On Amartya Sena Uploaded In Defiance Of Censor Board

July 16th, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty
TRAILER On documentary On Amartya Sena Uploaded In Defiance Of Censor Board
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DEFYING The Central Board of Film Certification, Suman Ghosh has uploaded the trailer of his documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on Facebook .CBFC Chairman Pahlaj Nihalani has asked him to delete “cow”, “Gujarat”, “Hindutva” and “Hindu India” from the documentary film ‘The Argumentative Indian’.Ghosh has defended himself saying “The CBFC cannot dictate if I post a trailer on the Internet. It is not against the law.” He posted again on Saturday with the link of a news report quoting Nihalani as saying that uploading the trailer without certification of the film is “illegal”. “Nihalani had said that Ghosh should not have uploaded the uncensored trailer online as the Cinematograph Act states that certification is required for public exhibition.

It may be recalled that the noted Left leaning economist and vocal critic   of PM Narendra Modi, who was born in Dhaka 83 years ago, had education in Kolkata  and abroad. He spent most of his teaching career in The United Kingdom and The USA and now resides in Bengal.

CBFC officials on Monday said that his one-hour documentary about Sen, a Harvard professor and essayist, could be released only if the four words were bleeped out.

“I was quite shaken,” Ghosh told NDTV of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decision, against which he said he would be appealing. “I was shocked but I thought, I have to argue.”Dr Sen has declined to comment extensively saying only: “If the government has any reservations, there can be a dialogue.”

The trailer does not contain the words objected by Nihalani who has reportedly refused to allow the release of the preview because the film, due to hit the screens on Friday, has not been cleared.

Ghosh said he decided to share the trailer with the public because he was not allowed to release the film.“ On 14th July we were supposed to release our film ‘The Argumentative Indian’. Of course, we were not allowed to. We had prepared a trailer for the release. Please share if you like it. The Tagore poem in the documentary is recited by noted film actor Victor Banerjee, Ghosh announced on his Facebook page on Friday.

“And I am indebted to the countrywide support from the people and media,” Ghosh said on FB.The Guardian says in the documentary, named after his book of essays The Argumentative Indian, Sen criticises what he sees as the “restricted vision” of India espoused by Modi’s rightwing nationalist party. The manifesto of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeks to redefine India’s culture and institutions as inherently Hindu in nature, in contrast to the pluralist vision of the country’s first leaders.

In one reportedly censored scene, Sen lauds the value of vigorous argument and debate, in contrast to “chastising people for having mistreated a cow or some such thing”.

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who seldom misses an opportunity to lash out at PM Modi, has tweeted:”  If somebody (Dr Sen)of his stature cannot express himself freely, what hope does the common citizen have.

He was awarded Nobel Prize in 1998 and one year later, he was awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, by the BJP headed first NDA Government. 

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