Bollywood’s Kashmir Flick Hits Censor Roadblock

SRINAGAR — The Bollywood flick ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’, directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Ashvin Kumar has hit the roadblock with the censor board refusing to pass the film even after the passage of 100 days. 

One media report said Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has sent the film to the Revising Committee now.

The director said that the CBFC has been sitting on his film for over 100 days while it usually takes about  68 days for the board to clear a film. 

Ashvin, India’s youngest Oscar nominee, said that he was not given the opportunity to discuss or defend his film as no objections or comments were raised.

“I simply received a letter from the Regional Officer (RO) the following day saying that the Chairperson, Prasoon Joshi, had referred the film to the Revising Committee at an unspecified place and time. It’s 109 days and there has been no communication from the CBFC since,” the Mumbai Mirror quoted Ashvin saying.

He pointed out that at the most it should take 32 days for a film’s first screening and 68 days to get a certificate. “In our case, we applied to the CBFC for certification on June 15 and it took 80 days for the Examining Committee to see it,” Ashvin said. 

However, the CBFC Regional Officer (RO), Tusshar Karmarkar claimed that the application for the film was only accepted on July 17 and got delayed as it was referred to a revising committee. Now, the film will be screened for the revising committee of the CBFC on Wednesday, October 10, in Mumbai.

Ashvin, who is designer Ritu Kumar’s son and a BAFTA winner, admits that Kashmir is a contentious issue but points out that he has made two feature-length documentaries on the Valley which have bagged National Awards and been feted internationally. “I’ve been working in Kashmir for 10 years and all the facts and figures in my film are already in the public domain. Yes, it touches on some dark aspects but “No Fathers In Kashmir” is not anti-national, anti-army or seditious. It portrays what’s happening in the state while talking about forgiveness, reconciliation and moving on with an innocent love story as the backdrop,” Ashvin asserts.

The filmmaker is not new to controversies. His short film, Little Terrorist, was eventually cleared after a third review by the then Chairperson Sharmila Tagore with an ‘Adult’ certificate which was unusual for a documentary.

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