Release of documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen stalled by Censor Board: Filmmaker uploads trailer on YouTube
Posted on 15 July, 2017 by Team Wishberry
Today the 14th of July we were supposed to release our film THE ARGUMENTATIVE INDIAN. Ofcourse we were not allowed to. We had prepared a trailer for the release. Please share if you like it.
The Tagore poem is recited by Victor Banerjee.
And I am indebted to the countrywide support from the people and media.
This is what filmmaker Suman Ghosh penned on his Facebook page along with the link of his film, The Argumentative Indian.
Ghosh, a National Award-winning filmmaker, has been battling the Central Board of Film Certification in order to release his film in India. The documentary has already premiered in London and New York. However, according to NDTV, the Censor Board has asked Ghosh to beep out the following words/ phrases used by Amartya Sen: "Gujarat", "Hindu India" and "Hindutva view of India". Also, Dr. Sen is 'NOT' allowed to say the word "Cow" in the film.
The Argumentative Indian has been filmed over the past 15 years and it witnesses Dr. Sen and his student and economist Kaushisk Basu in conversation.
Watch the trailer here:
Dismayed by the action of the Censor Board, Suman Ghosh told NDTV that, "The film was my comment on India. I feel disheartened because I wanted to convey certain thoughts and they are trying to stifle it...I have heard that these things are going on. Now I have a taste of this first-hand." He added that, "Now the big advantage is that I can release it online, the board has no control over that."
The Censor Board, headed by Pahlaj Nihalani, has been in the news currently, for all the wrong reasons — from stopping the release of films such as Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under My Burkha and Udta Punjab for ridiculous reasons, to making absurd statements about upcoming releases such as Jab Harry Met Sejal.