Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who heads the government-appointed revamp panel of the Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC), on Wednesday watched the controversial Udta Punjab and appreciated it for being “very well-made”.
On Thursday, he said about the film, “Its an important film, it brings to the fore a very big problem,” the filmmaker said. “You cannot think that everything will fit in the same set of rules, films are not made in a factory.”
Earlier, a special screening of the movie was organised for Benegal after the censor board suggested 89 cuts to the movie, leading to a battle between co-producer Anurag Kashyap and the CBFC.
After the movie’s screening, Benegal told media: “I am not making any comments at the moment. The film is right now with the censor board, so, I don’t want to make any comment and confuse anyone further. I think we should let this entire thing settle with the board. Let’s see what happens. Technically, I feel the film is well made. The director knows what he has done with the film.”
Benegal’s committee includes as members Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Piyush Pandey, Bhawana Somaaya and Nina Lath Gupta. Sanjay Murthy, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is a member-convener.
Mehra said that the committee’s recommendation is that the “scissors” of the censor board must be abolished.
Their recommendations were submitted to the government in April.
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