Beep 'cow' and 'Hindu India': Censor Board

Censor Board strikes again: Wants Amartya Sen to be beeped when he says 'Gujarat', 'cow'

Censor Board strikes again: Wants Amartya Sen to be beeped when he says 'Gujarat', 'cow'

The censor board which has often been criticised for its objections has now said that Suman Ghosh, a national award-winning filmmaker, will have to mute out four words, including "cow", from his new documentary featuring Amartya Sen.

"After sitting for three hours at the Censor Board office in Kolkata, during which my documentary was screened and the members scrutinised every single shot, I was verbally told last night to mute four words "Gujarat", "Cow", "Hindutva view of India" and "Hindu India" for getting U/A certificate", Gosh said.

Talking exclusively to NewsX, Ghosh said, "Yesterday was the censor screening and I was supposed to release it this weekend. But no question of taking out some words", he added.

Up in arms against the CBFC's move to red flag a documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen because of some words uttered by him in the film, West Bengal's civil society on Wednesday minced no words in terming it "fascism" and a "shameful example of audacity" of the powers that be. Sen says the book is "really based on my understanding of the country (and) the country was now being interpreted sometimes as Hindu India and sometimes as other restricted visions of the country". It's not a film made by me. The film was scheduled for release this Friday. "The discussion happened on Tuesday, and a written document directing me about the further course of action is yet to reach me".

"What do I say on this? I will not make a comment on this issue", said Ghosh.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supported CBFC's decision to red flag director Suman Ghosh's documentary on Amartya Sen.

The hour-long documentary, structured as a free flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu, has already been screened in NY and London. "I feel disheartened because I wanted to convey certain thoughts and they are trying to stifle it", he said. Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee slammed the move. It will only be released online and internationally as director refused to mute four words used in the film, following Censor Board's diktat. If people can't express their views, then how can India be called democratic? The film will, however, be released with a UA certificate - requiring parental guidance.

A private screening of the documentary was held at state-owned "Nandan" early this week in the presence of Amartya Sen himself and a host of luminaries.

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