Is CBFC deliberately ignoring Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi?

Lakshmi has been widely appreciated at all the platforms that it has been showcased. Then why is the CBFC ignoring the movie? Are they too scared to face the reality?

Nagesh Kukunoor’s latest offering, Lakshmi was recently screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) 2014 in California and that it was received by a houseful show, didn’t surprise us at all. After all the movie is a mind blowing reflection of the life of a fourteen-year-old girl who was trafficked into Mumbai’s flesh trade – who then decides to take on her traffickers in the court. And mind you, the movie is based on a real life account!

But what did surprise us, was the fact that in spite of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) watching the film in November 2013, the Board still hasn’t cleared Lakshmi which is supposed to release on January 17. Apparently, CBFC saw the film and thought that certain scenes in the film were objectionable and hence, decided to pass it on to a review committee. The review committee has been sitting over the film (and hatching eggs?) and mulling over it for more than three weeks now.

Nagesh told a leading tabloid, “There is a constant shuffle of officials in the censor board right now. My film is up for release and CBFC has no time to see it. The essence of the film is the truth which needs to be told. I will take up this case as soon as I reach India.” Even the trailer received flak from CBFC.

Now what we don’t understand is, why is the CBFC is not clearing the film? Nobody is asking the Board to give the movie a “U” certificate – it is quite understandable that the movie can’t be watched by kids. But then, is it right to not even let the adults know the reality of our country? If people have a right to vote, then they surely have the right to know the truth of the society they live in, right? What do you think BollywoodLifers- Is CBFC too scared to accept Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi?