Leela Samson rues ‘another film slaughter’ at CBFC’s hands

"Udta Punjab" is yet another movie being "slaughtered" at the hands of CBFC, says Leela Samson.

By: IANS | Chennai | Updated: June 9, 2016 5:38 pm
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“Udta Punjab” is yet another movie being “slaughtered” at the hands of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), says veteran danseuse Leela Samson, who had resigned from her post as censor board chief last year over government interference.

Breaking a vow of silence over matters of the CBFC, Samson on Wednesday took to her Facebook page to share her views on the raging row of “Udta Punjab”, a movie which delves into the drug menace of Punjab and which has been suggested 89 cuts by the censor board.

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“‘Udta Punjab’ – a film made by some of the country’s boldest and finest industrywalas! Yet another film and its slaughter at the hands of the CBFC – that is made into a national news item and flogged to death with opinions intended to fan more debate and endless hours of controversy.

“Have we not had enough? Enough opportunity to talk to each other, to debate the issues of certification and its down-face – censorship,” Samson wrote.

In her opinion, matters of the film industry should be taken care of by “just the industry and what should be an empathetic CBFC board”.

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“There are three parties involved. That’s already one too many,” she added.

Samson drew attention to how everything related to the CBFC operations boils down to a direct connection with the government.

“Who appoints the Board? The members of the Viewing and Reviewing committees? The Ministry. Who dictates which officials will be placed in Mumbai? The Ministry. Who makes policy? The Ministry. Who runs the film festivals? The Ministry. Who sets up an Enquiry committee as was just done? The Ministry.”

In a message to Kashyap, who has outrightly called present censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani an “oligarch”, she said: “The industry ought to know by now that this act of certification should be transferred to an internal body within the industry. Self regulation is the only regulation that should exist.”

Also, Samson said that “those who do not like it, should not see it”.

“Turn the switch off for heaven’s sake! Art is not compulsory.”

Calling the boards and the committees a “sham”, Samson urged filmmakers to get together, and fight for it.

“It’s the good fight,” she said.

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  1. M
    Jun 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm
    Leela has got no credentials to criticize.Her only qualifiction is being the dance teacher of one of the Sonia siblings.The Censor Board is the authority for release of films.If what is done by it is not in accordence with the law,there is an appellate court.The producers should follow the proceedure and if any relief is due they will get it.What this Leela did as Chairman of Censor Board is well known.He had zero knowledge of films.One wonders what this christian lady,a chamcha of Sonia may have pla havoc while approving the release of films except receipt of bribes,a practise very common in the days of UPA.
    1. K
      Jun 10, 2016 at 7:51 am
      You wondering whether she "pla havoc while approving the release of films except receipt of bribes [sic]" doesn't make her guilty of it. I hope you realise that. As for her credentials, one doesn't need credentials to criticise someone's actions. I have less relevant credentials than Ms. Samson does, but I am very critical of the nonsensical behaviour being exhibited by Mr. Nihalani. That guy is a menace to our society, IMO.
      1. N
        Jun 9, 2016 at 11:56 am
        Proof of Government interference,. Mukh mein Ram Ram bagel mein churee
        1. R
          Jun 9, 2016 at 10:25 am
          this vatican agent was another of UPAs "gift" to India.
          1. R
            Jun 9, 2016 at 11:12 am
            Leela Samson is a Christian ,when she was the head of Indian Cultural center ,she has removed all Hindu Idols from Indian Cultural center stating that idols should not be worshiped, Now out of power these people will do anything to defame India
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