Protests after CBFC blocks Malayalam film Kathakali on grounds of nudity

Malayalam film industry is caught in a fight with the regional office of CBFC over denial of certificate for the film Kathakali, alleging nudity.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: June 21, 2016 4:09 pm
kathakali-movie-poster_759 The Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA), a body of Malayalam film directors and technician, on Monday staged a dharna in front of the regional office of the CBFC here.

At a time when the controversy surrounding Bollywood film Udta Punjab has stirred up the censorship debate, the Malayalam film industry is caught in a tussle with the regional office of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) over the denial of certificate to Kathakali on grounds of nudity.

The Film Employees’ Federation of Kerala (FEFKA), a body of Malayalam film directors and technicians, staged a dharna on Monday in front of CBFC’s regional office. FEFKA general secretary and B Unnikrishnan said the censor board was indulging in politics and added that they would move the high court against the board’s decision. “The CBFC is treating filmmakers as if we have committed a grave sin,” he said.

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The two-hour film on the life of a Kathakali artiste is directed by Sijo Kannanaikkal. Recently, the CBFC asked for three cuts to be “sanctioned for unrestricted public exhibition”.

The board wants the removal of a scene in which the protagonist Dasan is undressed and beaten up and another towards the end in which Dasan removes the Kathakali attire and walks towards the Bharathapuzha river. It also wants the cuss words removed.

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Young filmmaker Sijo is of the view that the scenes in question were the soul of the movie and added that the CBFC was infringing upon creative freedom. “What would be left in the film if the climax is removed,” he asked.

CBFC regional officer Dr A Prathibha has called the protest a publicity stunt. Stating that the director has not replied to the board’s notice, she said the filmmakers were protesting without knowing the regulations.

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  1. A
    Jun 20, 2016 at 11:34 pm
    The editor of this article posted a Tamil Movie poster released in Jan16 for a Malayalam Movie to be;br/gt;Check your facts before posting news articles...
    1. R
      Jun 20, 2016 at 10:54 am
      Once again all the s who cry whenever they get abused will now come and demand, that this film should contain no censorship at all.
      1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Jun 21, 2016 at 2:56 am
        "Udta Kerala". In the case of nudity the camera angle is important. Also the cuss words. There are many words which are used by people in front of the women folk. Those words which are not explicitly referring to some s*xual organs should be allowed. On the basis of Bombay High Court's judgement on 'Udta Punjab' Kerala HC may p the film without the cuts unless they are highly objectionable and something what one cannot see with family and childen.
        1. S
          Jun 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm
          CBFC chairman is unfit for this job and he should be removed immediately from his post.
          1. W
            Jun 28, 2016 at 6:01 pm
            What kind of news reports are you publishing? Do u ever validate your news before posting it. The movie poster shown above is from a Tamil movie (commercial ma movie) which was already released months ago. The ban was imposed on a malayalam which was never released.
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