Sexy Durga Turned to S Durga by CBFC: Malayalam Movie Denied Exemption for Mumbai Film Festival
The hopes and dreams that came with the change in censor board’s chief are slowly diminishing with every new ruling made by the certification board. Parsoon Joshi led CBFC continues to make some shocking changes to movies that have left several creative people of the industry extremely angry. The latest target for the CBFC seems to be Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam Movie, Sexy Durga. The censor board asked the makers of Sexy Durga to drop the s-word from the movie and allowed the movie to be released as ‘S Durga.’ The film also received 21 audio mutes for simple cuss words and abuses and passed with a U/A certificate. The director was left fuming when the movie was denied exemptions from certification rules to release at the Mumbai Film Festival. Sanskari CBFC Bans Nudity on Robots & Blurs Alcohol Bottles From Blade Runner 2049 But Allows Swear Words
The Mumbai Film Festival is an international movie festival that showcases beautiful works of arts. When Sasidharan approached the CBFC and asked them for an exemption from the certification for upcoming Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, he was denied this opportunity. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry declared that with the exemption the movie may hurt the religious sentiments of many and affect the law and order. This ruling has left Sridharan fuming, as the director believes that art cannot be censored. The director made his point heard by releasing a poster of S Durga movie with the tag line, “You Can’t Censor Imagination.” Jab Harry Met Sejal Censor Board Issue: Pahlaj Nihalani claims CBFC will clear movie with word intercourse if there are 1 lakh votes!
“We feel ashamed and agitated when we talk about sex or using the word sexy. But we are perfectly okay to imagine it in our darkest corners of the mind. That’s why we rape and we don’t like love openly. We need darkness to talk about our real self. This is typical Indian mindset,” IANS quoted director Sasidharan. The supremely talented director announced the release of his move as ‘S Durga in the most unconventional way on Facebook. Pahlaj Nihalani Replaced By Prasoon Joshi As Censor Board Chief; Twitterati Hilariously Bids Him Sanskaari Farewell.
“Sexy Durga will be released in Indian Cinemas as “S Durga”. S is a letter open for your imaginations. Bakths are specially requested to not imagine it as “Sexy” as they will be cursed by Durga. Be nice and come and watch the film,” the director said in a Facebook post. The Malayalam film has already left a mark in international cinema and won the Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017, Golden Apricot in the category International Feature Competition, 2017 and Best International Feature Film award in the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico.
While the audio cuts are something that the director is okay with, it is the reserved view of the word sexy that has raised several questions. While we all hoped that the exit of Pahlaj Nihalani would turn the CBFC into a more welcoming and understanding situation, the issue seems to be more organisational than personal. We hope that movies with such international presence are equally accepted in India and appreciated as a work of heart more than anything else.