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New Delhi: After putting its scissors on ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘Haramkhor,’ next target of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is Malayali movie ‘Kathakali.’ The board has objected to a nude scene in the movie and has asked to remove it from the movie. 
 
On June 20, the makers of the film along with the other filmmakers of Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA), protested outside the regional office of the CBFC. This was done in retaliation to the CBFC denying certification of the film. The makers have also moved Kerala High Court against the decision of the CBFC. 
 
The movie ‘Kathakali’, directed by Saijo Kannanaikkal shows a scene in the climax wherein the protagonist sheds his Kathakali costume and walks away naked. On the one hand, it is a ‘nude scene’ for the CBFC but on the other hand, the same scene is a symbolic representation for the Director. 
 
In addition to this, the board also asked to remove the abusive word Kazhiveriyude Mone, meaning Bastard, from the movie as well. 
 
This has again brought to the forefront the debate on film censorship. 
 
First Published | 20 June 2016 7:37 PM
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