Malayalam film directors and technicians on Monday staged a dharna in front of the office of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in Thiruvananthapuram, protesting denial of certification to the movie, Kathakali. CBFC had denied certificate claiming nudity and vulgarity in the film and demanded three cuts.
The protest was held under the aegis of Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA), which had already moved the high court against the censor board’s demand for three cuts, including the climax scene, in the movie, directed by upcoming filmmaker, Saijo Kannanaikkal.
The members of FEFKA, led by its general secretary B Unnikrishnan, took part in the protest held in front of the CBFC office, functioning at Chitranjali Studio in the city.
Kannanaikkal, 27, had claimed that the CBFC officer had demanded removal of the portions, which, according to him, were the ‘soul’ of the movie. He alleged that it was an infringement on the creative freedom of a filmmaker.
He also claimed that a panel of CBFC, which saw the film, had suggested giving the movie a ‘U’ certificate, but the officer was reluctant to any certification without removing the ‘objectionable’ scenes.
The two hour-long feature film revolves around the life of an orphan, who tries to create a space and identity of his own in the society. CBFC recently courted controversy after it demanded several cuts in the Bollywood movie, Udta Punjab.