It’s silly to have censorship in a democracy: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Malayalam filmmaker and 16 time National award winner expressed, Adoor Gopalakrishnan his ire at the prevailing atmosphere of censorship in cinema.

Written by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Published: August 16, 2016 7:51:31 pm
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Legendary Malayalam filmmaker and 16 time National award winner expressed his ire at the prevailing atmosphere of censorship in cinema. Flaying censorship and the imposers of the same, Adoor told Indian Express.com, “There should be no censorship in a democracy. I am against censorship. I don’t need any censorship. I don’t want to be told what to do and when to do. It’s silly in a democracy to have censorship. Only under dictatorship you need censorship of any kind. And what is it that u r censoring. It’s an opinion. Democracy functions on different opinions. Welcoming an opinion or attacking are integral to the functioning of a democracy. It should all be welcome. One shouldn’t be uncomfortable with criticism.”

Recollecting the time when he had suggested abolition of censorship, Adoor narrated, “I, Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen, Ramanand Sagar, G.P Sippy were part of the Government of India appointed a high-level Study Group on National Film Policy under the chairmanship of Dr Sivaram Karanth. A majority of us decided that we should scrap censorship. However Sippy was of the opinion that a censor certificate saves a producer if someone were to drag him to the court at the last moment and prevent the film from releasing. So he was of the idea that. ensor certificate acts as a security. But the idea of censorships unfortunately doesn’t stop there and that is the problem. When somebody comes in charge of the censor board and thinks that he is the supreme authority over everybody else who makes films the whole scenario changes. That’s the misuse of what is intended by certification. It is not even censorship. They have no business to censor any film even according to rules.”

The eminent filmmaker was talking at a promotional event held in Mumbai to promote his next film, Pinneyum starring Dileep, Kavya Madhavan and Marathi actor Subodh Bhave. Talking about Pinneyum, Adoor said, “Pinneyum is about human relationships and about a family. It’s about love, remorse and crime and many other things. Basically it shows our craving for material gains and in the process how your respect and concept of basic values are sacrificed.”

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