Thursday afternoon saw independent filmmakers Onir, Anusha Rizvi, Sanjay Suri, Ashwin Kumar and Amir Bashir, among others, come together to file an online petition in order to save independent cinema.
They not only put forth a demand for special screening space in each state for their films, but also for A-rated films to be screened during a special 11pm slot on Doordarshan and satellite channels.
“Independent films are welcomed heartily at international film festivals, but back in their home country, our films struggle to release ... When Indian cinema is celebrating its 100 years, we should get our due too,” said Onir, whose films include I am and My Brother Nikhil.
Shonali Bose, who made the much-acclaimed 2005 film Amu, said, “I feel censorship in our country is highly political. My film explored the suppressed history of the genocidal attacks on Sikhs in Delhi in 1984, and I was given an ‘A’ rating. They said history is best buried.” Filmmaker-actor Sanjay Suri summed up the concern by saying, “Let’s not take another 100 years to save independent cinema!”