What has prompted you to resign? Is it related to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) clearing Dera Sacha Sauda chief starrer MSG?
My resignation is just the culmination of the many problems we have been facing for a while. There comes a point when you realise that you cannot take it anymore. This particular film is not the reason for my resignation. We have done our job. I have no problems with FCAT clearing this film.
What problems are you talking about?
We face a whole lot of interference from all sorts of people — from religious to fundamentalist groups — while clearing films. Either the Ministry should take charge or let us take charge. More and more films like these are being made nowadays and there is a whole lot of interference while clearing them.
What are the other problems?
The panel members are chosen by the political party in power when they should be chosen by professionals. The Censor Board doesn’t get to appoint any members or officials. When these people are appointed by the Ministry, why shouldn’t the Ministry be responsible for the kind of decisions they make while certifying films? We have become a think-tank which keeps getting the flak. Then, there are infrastructural problems. The number of films that are getting made and coming to us is far more than the number of people certifying them.
Why haven’t you taken up these issues up with the Ministry?
We have been telling the Ministry about all these issues from time to time. I took up these issues at every stage but either the Ministry officials didn’t attend our meetings or didn’t respond to the reports we sent them. Our requests were not addressed.