Censor axe on film that talks of Tata exit from Singur for obscene dialogues

A film based on the book written by Mahasweta Devi's son Nabarun Bhattacharya has been refused clearance by the Kolkata office of the Board of Film Certification on various grounds, one being that the film contains disparaging remarks against Stalin, the ruler of erstwhile Soviet Union.

Kangal Malsat (War Cry of Poor) has been directed by film maker Suman Mukhopadhyay and features rebel Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman.

The censor board has said that the film is full of obscene dialogues, which could create adverse impact on the minds of the general public.

Now, the film has been sent to the film certification appellate tribunal for a review.

But director Suman Mukhopadhyay, whose first film Herbert could not be screened at Nandan auditorium because of the opposition from then Left Front government, said the film was not cleared by the censor board because of "some political pressure" as the film showed scenes of Mamata Banerjee's swearing-in ceremony and the reference to the Singur movement and the exit of Tatas.

The film shows a person watching the swearing-in ceremony with disdain. It has also Kabir Suman playing the role of a character Dandabayas where he says: "Just see the Tatas have cut a sorry figure. Now there are so many committees. They are making Kolkata a London. Are they oxen?''

Haranath Chakrabarty, noted film maker and a member of the board, said he was against the release of the film since it was full of abusive language. "How can you pass such kind of a film?'' Chakravarty asked.

However, film makers like Buddhadeb Dasgupta questioned the role of the censor board. "Who will decide what is obscene or what is not? The censors or the film maker or the audience? Even my films had problems with the board?'' Dasgupta said.

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