Stop policing, don’t sanitize art: Swara Bhaskar to Pahlaj Nihalani

Swara Bhaskar came out in support of Anurag Kashyap's "Udta Punjab" in an open letter to Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: June 11, 2016 11:16 am
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Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar on Friday came out in support of Anurag Kashyap’s “Udta Punjab”, and in an open letter to Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani she said that “sanitizing art and popular culture was not the healthiest thing for society”.

She also said that an atmosphere of ‘sanitization’ and ‘policing’ produces fear among artists and creative people.

“I want to bring to your attention that a deliberately sanitized art and popular culture may not be the healthiest thing for a society. No society in the world is sanitized. There is a lot that is wrong, dirty, shameful, filthy and abusive everywhere in the world,” she wrote in the letter.

“Art reflects its context and the society it was created in. To produce a sanitized art, that is unable to accommodate or reflect the less savoury aspects of society is to wear blinders, unnecessarily,” she added.

She further wrote: “It is also the beginning of becoming delusional. The flip side of a sanitized atmosphere is sterility. And sterility is the opposite of birth, the antithesis of the creation of new things, in biology and in culture.”

In the letter she also wrote: “Another harmful side-effect of this kind of atmosphere of sanitization and policing is that it produces a Pavlovian fear among artists and creative people.

“You may say that there is nothing wrong with a little discipline and policing in public life but do note Sir that the only work of art a policed society is able to produce (with State permission) is propaganda,” she added.

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    Sanjay
    Jun 11, 2016 at 8:27 am
    Pahlaj Nihlani is mentally sick person.
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      Chachu
      Jun 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm
      i've a feeling u had urself in mind while writing this
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        Baba
        Jun 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm
        Who is Swara Bhaskar, anyway....
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          manu
          Jun 11, 2016 at 6:48 am
          haha..Swara Bhaskar..go thru her tweet ..except anti hindu hatred ..you will not get any thing....hypocracy..
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          Sanjay
          Jun 11, 2016 at 7:27 am
          Pahlaj Nihlani along with his haraaamkor Brother In Law Shatrugnan Sinha are purposefully defaming Modi and BJP govt.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;They had even purposefully made a foolish short film praising Modi and released it along with Prem Ratan Dhan payo movie.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Even the producer of Udta Punjab is related to Nihlani and this outrage is manufactured with only intention of showing govt in bad light.
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            Vishal
            Jun 11, 2016 at 11:18 am
            long live chamchas...u cant make CONGRESS MUKT BHARAT...as long as u need sycophants...worst .....congress' sycophants were only in legislature BJP's r everywhere...
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              Vishal
              Jun 11, 2016 at 11:22 am
              yes....anti hindu ,anti hindi .anti national..vent more..
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                Ravi
                Jun 11, 2016 at 10:04 am
                Mad and regressive men in BJP, RSS taking India to dark age........ ....
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