Film release stalled for ridiculing Mamata Banerjee, Tatas' Singur exit

Mamata Banerjee

The film was denied release based on recommendations by a revising committee of the Censor Board, whose members are appointed by the state government.

Filmmaker Haranath Chakraborty, one of the key members of Mamata Banerjee's cultural think-tank group, leads the committee.

"It is clear under whose directions the film was denied release," the director said.

The film fraternity in Kolkata voiced their concern against the Censor Board's decision.

Kabir Suman said the film and his dialogue had nothing which could incite violence or went against the spirit of democracy.

"They are also saying that the film shows vulgarity. We have only tried to show how real people talk. Before us many film-makers in Bengal and in Bollywood have done this. So why are we being targetted only?" he asked.

Novelist Nabarun Bhattacharya said, "No one can stop me from whatever I feel like writing. The government must understand that."

Film-maker and censor board member Haranath, however, insisted that the film contained inappropriate language and could not be allowed for screening.

Earlier in November, the screening of Bengali film '3 Kanya' (Three Women) was cancelled at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation-owned Star Theatre under controversial circumstances.

The film's director and producer Agnidev Chatterjee had said the controversy arose because some people thought that it was based on the Park Street rape case and showed the government in bad light.

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