I&B denies screening certificate to films on Rohith Vemula, JNU, Valley

The festival, which begins on June 16, is organised by the Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, a body under the state government’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:June 11, 2017 3:43 am
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The union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has denied censor exemption to three documentaries, based on recent national controversies, for screening at the upcoming International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala.

The festival, which begins on June 16, is organised by the Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, a body under the state government’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Films screened at film festivals do not require a certificate from the Censor Board, but they must have a censor exemption certificate from the Ministry. Without censor exemption, no documentary or feature film can be screened at a festival.

The films denied screening at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala are The Unbearable Being of Lightness (based on Rohith Vemula’s suicide), In the shade of Fallen Chinar (on the unrest in Kashmir), and March, March, March (based on the student agitation at JNU).

Academy chairman Kamal said they had sent all 200-odd films to the Ministry seeking censor exemption. “All the films, except these three, got exemption. The Ministry hasn’t cited any reason for denying censor exemption for these films, which are based on socially relevant themes. I think these films were denied screening permission because they deal with intolerance in the country. We have moved an appeal, asking the Ministry to consider the plea seeking censor exemption again. We are yet to get a reply,” Kamal said.

The incident showed that a “cultural emergency” was prevailing in the country, Kamal said. “We are going through an undeclared emergency. It is a time when the rulers decide what we should eat, what we should wear and what we should talk about,” he said.

During the International Film Festival of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram last year, Kamal had faced the ire of the Sangh Parivar after police picked up delegates who had failed to stand up for the national anthem.

Calls and messages to the Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, went unanswered.

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    Jun 11, 2017 at 3:13 pm
    Sanghis are like G@ndhiji's three monkeys in reverse. One monkey is on fast in Madhya Pradesh after kil farmers and Vyapam witnesses. Another monkey won't speak the truth. Another monkey won't see the truth even if it is their mother gaumata fornicating with fellow sanghis to produce deformed Vishnu avatars.
    1. R
      Jun 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm
      Enough of this tamasha by left-j!hadi crooks! Rohit Vemula may be a week committed suicide for some personal reason or was forced by hi sleft-j!had! handlers. May be they tried to paint him as dalit and thus bringing out his real iden y that he was a fake dalit who stole that iden y for personal gains. If really deserving dalits know it, they will not be happy that others are stea the facilities meant for them by using bogus certificates. Now they tried to use his unfortunate family, kejirwal even falsely promised some Delhi government job to Rohits brother to get some publicity, which never happened. What finally happened is legal troiuble to Vemulas for falsifying caste certificates, bad publicity of committing suicide without any proper reason! Victimhood and insecurity in larger dalit population all to benifit left-congi-j!had! crooks in India? Now they still want toi milk this issue periodically by making movie, drama and more clowns liek in IIT-Una-Dalit sena etc.
      1. A
        Jun 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm
        Isn't it clear now that what the BJP/RSS done to these unfortunate events in Rohit case, JNU protest and even Kashmir issue is wrong and shameful. Even the govt fee so hence the refusal to screen it. Let the sanghis bury their heads in sands for supporting the oppression of these just, rightful protests!!!
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          Ashish Biswas
          Jun 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm
          No more tamasha in the country please. I&B is correct in banning such films. May have been funded by enemies of the state with the help of locals film production team.
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            George Cruz
            Jun 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm
            The I&B is a responsible agency and has done the right thing by denying the screening certificate to films on Rohith Vemula, JNU, Valley. The truth is that Rohith Vemula was a failure, couldn't withstand the academic rigor and committed suicide, and the useless opposition parties like the communists, the congress, etc made a big issue of nothing just to score political points and to demonize the BJP.
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              K Muralidhar
              Jun 11, 2017 at 2:09 pm
              Freedom has its boundaries and it is necessary to protect these boundaries. The cons ution has laid down the boundaries and given Govt the powers to enforce it. If anyone disagrees has has the option of going to courts who will decide. Thanks powerful vested interests who are hurt by certain actions of the Govt is going all out to blacken it. This is not acceptable. In a democracy Govt is given certain powers which they must use. Unwarranted criticism from people who laud anti Indian sentiments cannot be accepted as a fight for freedom. They are compromising freedom.
              1. A
                Jun 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm
                K Muralidhar, may ask you this, 1. Freedom has its boundaries, then why people are killed in the name of cow/beef when cons ution guaranteed one's food habit? 2. If anyone disagrees has the option of going to courts, then why the law is enforced by the safron terrorist group?. 3. Unwarranted criticism from people who laud anti Indian sentiments cannot be accepted as a fight for freedom, who is anti national, those who begged for clemency to save his life from British East India company for not parti ting the liberation of India, or those killed Mahatma hi or those who dividing the nation in line of religion for the sake of less than 6 Brahmanism? OR those who ask for eating the food that they were eating even before the independence of India, or those who would like to wear the dress they want, or those who create movie based on the real events happened in the country. Who is compromising the freedom? Who is Anti national? The sangh or the majority secular population
              2. D
                Jun 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm
                Films on jihadis,stonepelters,jnu traitors show that break-India forces are trying everything. FoE doesnt mean working against the bational interest. Its good that IB ministry denied them permission. Their propa a to break India cant be allowed to succeed.
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                  Barb Dewyre
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm
                  All that the Modi government can do is be heros on their paid channels. Case in point being the kick in the nuts Nidhi Razdan gave the toad Sambit Patra on her programme.
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