Censor board decision to ban movie on lesbian affair draws flak

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2015 23:45 IST

A film about a lesbian affair set in New York and New Delhi, starring Adil Hussain and Victor Banerjee in key roles, has been banned by the Central Board of Film Certification, its NRI director has said, expressing disappointment.

Just last month, Hollywood romance Fifty Shades of Grey was also ruled out for public screening in India by the censor board.

US-based director Raj Amit Kumar said his debut film Un-Freedom was inspired by Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem Ye Dagh Dagh Ujala and called the decision a “tyranny”.

A censor board official said the movie had been denied a certificate by the examining committee (EC), a nod from which is essential for any film to make it to the theatres.

However, later a revising committee had agreed to give it an adult (A) certification with cuts. The filmmaker then moved the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) which upheld the earlier decision of the examining committee.

A majority of the revising committee had favoured an adult certificate with deletion of particular scenes.

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