Demonetisation-themed Bengali film releases after six cuts

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Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) Bengali feature film “Shunyota” (“Emptiness”) themed on demonetisation released in West Bengal on Friday following six cuts, that were recommended by the censor board, the film’s director said.

The censor board had recommended some required cuts in the film for a U/A certificate.

“It has released in West Bengal, across 26 theatres. We are planning a country-wide release,” director Suvendu Ghosh told IANS.

He said some portions of the film, which deals with the plight of people post-demonetisation, showcasing comments on demonetisation were axed.

The recommended cuts included deletion of two sequences and muting of four sentences/parts of sentences/words with beeps.

One of the recommended deletions was a 10-second sequence that talks of “a large number of unacceptable death processions in the country revolving around demonetisation”.

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“Although the film is still complete, I feel the portions where the cuts were made may lose out in creating the impact that I had envisaged,” Ghosh said.

He was also asked to mute a part of a sentence with a beep that says “the government has committed the wrong, and while the big fish will survive, the small fish will be trapped”.

Earlier, the Kolkata Regional Office of the CBFC had referred the film to the board’s Chairman Pahlaj Nihalni for a decision on certification citing “differences of opinion among members of the (examining) committee”.

Ghosh has claimed his film is the first on demonetisation.



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