The Madras High Court has been moved for a direction to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) not to certify feature films with scenes depicting Hindu sanyasis and spiritual leaders in bad taste and insulting or abusing them.
In its petition,the Hindu Dharma Sakthi,represented by its secretary N Devasenathypathy,also sought a direction to Tamil Film Producers Council and the director of the Tamil film Ok Ok – Oru Kal Oru Kannadi to remove scenes in the movie that hurt Hindu religious sentiments. The film was produced by Udhayanithi Stalin,son of DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister M. K. Stalin.
Devasenathypathy said that in the trailer of the film,which he had seen,the manner in which a seers character had been created was highly unnecessary. The character was totally unconnected to the movies main theme,he alleged.
The creation of the character was with a malafide intention to hurt Hindu religious feelings,he alleged. In a counter affidavit,the CBFC Regional Officer V Packirisamy said that the board judged a film in its entirety as per the Cinematograph Act and the Centres guidelines. The contentious scene in the film in no way denigrated or defamed Hinduism. A committee had carefully examined the film in its entirety and then issued the certificate.
Noting that the board had not passed any scene that would hurt religious sentiments,the CBFC said it was not right to comment on the film without seeing it fully. A particular scene from a film or in any work of art could not be judged in isolation,the officer said. The court has reserved orders on the writ plea.