What is Hansal Mehta accusing the CBFC of?

Wed, January 22, 2014 1:20pm UTC by Add first Comment
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Yogen Shah

The Shahid director is visibly unhappy with the way the film certification board works. Read on to know what exactly irked the director…

Hansal Mehta – the writer-director who received nation wide critical acclaim for his movie Shahid – is upset with the way Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) functions. He has accused CBFC of being lenient towards big films and specifically picking faults in small budgeted films with lesser known cast.

He put his anger on display and filed an RTI to know the criteria on which Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela and Madras Café were given the U/A certifications. Hansal mentioned that these two movies had abundant violence and kissing scenes, but just because they were backed by big production houses, they were let off easily. He clarified that while he doesn’t have anything against the films, Mehta threatened that he would file many more RTIs regarding many other 2013 films. He feels that good movies like Shahid suffer and get delayed because of censor board’s double standards and their business gets jeopardized majorly.

Is CBFC deliberately ignoring Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi?

A little birdie informs us that the censor board had rejected his appeal for any sort of certification for Shahid. Even to get an A certificate, Hansal had to reapply to the board. Hansal would be joining the likes of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and Nagesh Kukunoor who are also fighting their own battles with the censor board. While Anurag has his issues with the ‘No Smoking’ advertisement and also with the certification his upcoming movie Ugly, Nagesh’s Lakshmi still has to receive any kind of certification from CBFC.

We think these filmmakers’ anger is justified. The CBFC should not pretend to be liberal and strict based on their will. Thanks to such filmmakers, the CBFC is now getting some hard time defending their double standards in the court. We hope all goes well and we get to see movies with the best possible content in them. Hai na peeps?

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