Malayalam film 'Ka Bodyscapes' also faces CBFC ire after Lipstick Under My Burkha
A week after denying certification to Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under My Burkha for being lady-oriented, the Central Board of Film Certification has now refused to certify Jayan K Cherian's Malayalam film Ka Bodyscapes for glorifying homosexuality.
Cherian took to Facebook to post the picture of the letter he received from the CBFC, denying certification to the film. "The film is glorifying the subject of gay and homosexual relationship, nudity accentuating vital parts of male body (in paintings) in closed shots in the whole movie. The film is explicit of scene offending Hindu sensibilities depicting vulgarity and obscenity through the movie. The religion of ‘Hindu’ is portrayed in a derogatory manner especially Lord Hanuman (shown in poor light as gay) which may cause law and order problem in society. The film contains posters depicting homosexuality throughout the movie and derogatory remarks against women. Abusive language is used in most of the places and also a female Muslim character is shown masturbating. The film has references to Hindu organisations indirectly which is unwarranted," the letter read.
The Hindu reports that this was the third time the CBFC watched the contentious film. They had refused to certify it in the first screening back in April last year on grounds of incorporating "sensitive gay scenes, use of derogatory words against women and vulgar dialogues" in the film, as per a report by The Indian Express.
The Revising Committee of the CBFC also denied certification on similar grounds. The same report quotes, "The film has also references to lady masturbating, highlighting ‘gay’ by many ‘gay’ posters. The film offends human sensibilities by vulgarity, obscenity or depravity."
The Kerala High Court ruled in favour of the makers and instructed the CBFC to certify it and mention reasons for every cut that it instructs in the film. The second review committee, headed by CBFC chief Pahalaj Nihalani, also refused to certify the film, despite the High Court order. The Indian Express quotes the body as saying, "The film follows a dangerous trend of gate-keeping and moral policing content we do not approve of, especially around issues of gender, sexuality, religion and communalism."
The CBFC has given 30 days to the makers to appeal before the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, if they wish so. Currently, Prakash Jha's appeal to revise the ban of his production Lipstick Under My Burkha also remains pending before the tribunal.