Censor Di M** Di

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Censor Di M** Di

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he Central Board of Film Certification has, once again, displayed an uncanny knack of remaining in the news. This time a committee has objected to a movie based in Punjab, making references to Punjab. This may not come as a surprise because our censor board, over the last week, has fought hard for the government’s Employee of the Year Award, by carrying on a nonsensical campaign against any kind of creative expression that doesn’t fit the views of that 40-year-old uncle who sends “non-veg jokes” on WhatsApp.

The committee wanted to temper the “reality” of the film about drug abuse in Punjab, demanding that the producers only release it after 89 cuts, including all references to the state, its politics, and the upcoming elections. So what the board is essentially saying is, “Hey social media, there’s a movie about drugs in Punjab, but we don’t want you to know that it’s happening in Punjab, so we’re making a big deal about it!” Which is probably not the way I would have done it. The producers, Anurag Kashyap in particular, argue that it’s one of our more realistic movies in recent times, and referred to the dictatorship in North Korea to drive home his point about censorship.

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