Leela Samson rues ‘another film slaughter’ at CBFC’s hands

  • IANS, Chennai
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2016 14:39 IST
Former CBFC chief Leela Samson.

Udta Punjab is yet another movie being “slaughtered” at the hands of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said veteran danseuse Leela Samson, who had resigned from her post as censor board chief last year over government interference.

Breaking a vow of silence over matters of the CBFC, Samson on Wednesday took to her Facebook page to share her views on the raging row of Udta Punjab, a movie which delves into the drug menace of Punjab and which has been suggested 89 cuts by the censor board.

Read: All the Udta Punjab 94 cuts that CBFC demanded

“Udta Punjab - a film made by some of the country’s boldest and finest industrywalas! Yet another film and its slaughter at the hands of the CBFC - that is made into a national news item and flogged to death with opinions intended to fan more debate and endless hours of controversy. Have we not had enough? Enough opportunity to talk to each other, to debate the issues of certification and its down-face - censorship,” Samson wrote.

Read her complete post here

In her opinion, matters of the film industry should be taken care of by “just the industry and what should be an empathetic CBFC board”.

Samson drew attention to how everything related to the CBFC operations boils down to a direct connection with the government.

In a message to Kashyap, who has outrightly called present censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani an “oligarch”, she said: “The industry ought to know by now that this act of certification should be transferred to an internal body within the industry. Self regulation is the only regulation that should exist.”

Also, Samson said that “those who do not like it, should not see it. Turn the switch off for heaven’s sake! Art is not compulsory.”

Watch Udta Punjab trailer

Read: Anurag Kashyap compares India with North Korea over Udta Punjab row

Co-producer of Udta Punjab, Anurag Kashyap, also wrote a long Facebook post on Wednesday night.

Here is the complete text of Anurag Kashyap’s FB post

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