The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Tuesday asked the filmmaker Suman Ghosh to mute four words, ‘Gujarat’, ‘Cow’, ‘Hindutva view of India’ and ‘Hindu India’, from his documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen named, ‘The Argumentative Indian’.
‘The Argumentative Indian’ which was screened at the CBFC office in Esplanade, Kolkata was allowed to be released with U/A certified only if the words were beeped out. As of now, the director has decided not to release the movie in Kolkata this weekend as scheduled.
Talking exclusively to NewsX, Ghosh said, “Yesterday was the censor screening and I was supposed to release it this weekend. After the screening of the movie they called and said they can give me a U/A certificate to the movie only if I agree to mute four words which Prof Sen has said in the documentary. Words like ‘Gujarat’, ‘Cow’, ‘Hindutva view of India’ and ‘Hindu India'”.
“I told them that I am not willing to do anything that as it would sound bizarre to beep or mute or change anything that one of the greatest minds of our times has said in the documentary. I will follow the procedure and contest to what they have said and I will see to the end of it,” added Ghosh.
Ghosh said, “The name of the documentary has been taken from one of Sen’s book ‘The Argumentative Indian’; it has no similarity with it. It is based on the life and work of Amartya Sen.”