Even as the makers of Udta Punjab celebrate the Bombay high court clearing their film with just one cut, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has ordered 100 cuts for a film on Gujarat’s Patidar quota stir.
According to a Times of India report, the CBFC suggested a mammoth 100 cuts for Rajesh Gohil’s Gujarati film, Salagto Sawaal Anamat, which was slated for a June 17 release. The board has questioned the motive behind selecting the quota stir as the film’s theme and also expressed concerns that the protagonist bears resemblance to Patel quota activist, Hardik Patel, the report added.
The film is about protagonist, Dipak Patel, facing hardships due to the existing reservation system.
The report further said CBFC has asked for removal of all references to BR Ambedkar and the words ‘Patidar’ and ‘Patel’ from every scene.
Asserting his right to freedom of expression, director Rajesh Gohil told TOI, “The censor board member had told us that since a case of sedition is pending against Hardik, we cannot glorify his character. This is not true because my film is based on the quota agitation, not Hardik. If I will remove the word ‘Patidar’, the soul of the film will be gone.”
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“We will have to delay the film’s release now,” he added
Hindustan Times could not independently verify the report.
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