Censors refuse to certify Indie Malayalam film

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Jayan K. Cherian…CBFC says the film “insults and humiliates” the Hindu religion.

New York based Jayan K. Cherian, who directed the documentary ‘Shape of the Shapeless’ in 2010 and Papilo Buddha in 2013, is unable to  release his award-winning latest film ‘Ka Bodyscapes’ without being rated by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) but the ‘censors are using every tactic since April to avoid certifying the film’.

First, the CBFC issued a refusal to certify the film in April referring the documentary to a committee with the result that every time the film comes up for review, the screening would be cancelled.

The indie Malayalam film was refused certification altogether on 15 July. Among the reasons given by the committee was that certain aspects of Ka Bodyscapes “insulted and humiliated” the Hindu religion.

The film explores the intertwining lives of three young people: Haris, a painter; Vishnu, a rural kabaddi player and the object of Haris’ desire Sia, an activist who refuses to conform to traditional values of  femininity.

Cherian says the CBFC used every tactic it could to avoid certifying the film. Finally, when the much-delayed screening did take place his film was banned.

In another incident Sridhar Rangayan — who is the festival director of the largest mainstream LGBT film festival in Asia (the Kashish Queer fest) — had run into censorship issues like Cheriya has, with his movie Gulabi Aaina in 2003. The CBFC had denied Rangayan’s film certification, on the grounds that it was “too explicit” — despite the fact that there was no nudity, sex or violence in it. The film was about two drag performers. – CINEWS

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