Censorship under fire at Mumbai film fest
Censorship came under fire on day 2 of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) from filmmakers during a panel discussion Friday.
Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra opened the session with a simple rhetoric: “The censor board can object, the point is can they obstruct?”
The firing squad at the Chandan cinema comprised filmmakers and producers and the audience, while at the receiving end were two entities, members of the censor board and the invisible entity – extra-constitutional censorship practiced by political parties and rights bodies.
Vinayak Azad, ex-Regional Officer (RO) of the CBFC, highlighted the troubles of the agency as well which, besides appeasing the ministry, had now also to deal with political parties and right activists who are offended by the depiction of something.