A Bengali film has courted controversy after its director alleged political discrimination by the government. The Censor Board in Kolkata denied approval to ‘Kangal Malsat’, a film by Suman Mukhopadhyay.
The film contains references to the Singur issue and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee‘s swearing-in. According to a Censor Board letter, Tata group exiting from the Nano project in Singur is depicted in a way that puts the anti-Singur movement in a negative light.
The board also raised objections to the portrayal of Mamata Banerjee‘s oath taking ceremony. Censor board officials however, claim that they have serious objections to the language used in the film which the director allegedly had refused to remove.
The director has approached Film Certification Appellate Tribunal on the issue. “As a filmmaker my primary responsibility is to reflect the contemporary things and I have all the rights as a filmmaker, even as a citizen of this democratic country to talk about my opinion about some political event, some issues. So, I don’t know why this moral policing,” director Suman Mukhopadhyay said.
(with IBNLive inputs)