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Controversial Malayalam film Kathakali granted A certificate

The Malayalam film Kathakali by Saijo Kannanaikkal which had earlier been denied certification was given an A certificate by Kerala high court’s intervention.

regional movies Updated: Aug 05, 2016 19:50 IST
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Kathakali has been directed by Saijo Kannanaikkal.

The controversial Malayalam movie Kathakali was given an A certificate by the Censor Board following the intervention of the Kerala high court. The film had earlier been denied certification on the ground of alleged nudity and vulgarity.

The director of the movie, Saijo Kannanaikkal had approached the high court in June after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) officer here insisted on removal of some scenes from the film for issuing the certification.

Watch the trailer of Kathakali here:

The filmmaker had alleged that the board’s move was an infringement on his creative freedom. CBFC regional officer A Prathibha said an A certificate was given to the movie according to high court’s directive.

“The high court directed us to give an appropriate certification for the film. So we issued an A certificate to it. As it is an A certificate, the controversial scenes have been retained,” she said.

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The two hour-long film revolves around the life of a man, an orphan, who tries to create a space and identity of his own in the society around.

In the climax, the protagonist removes his Kathakali attire and crosses a river as a symbolic mark of protest against the society.

The denial of certification for Kathakali had evoked widespread protest among filmmakers and technicians.

First Published: Aug 05, 2016 19:50 IST