After heavy criticism of bollywood legend actor Govinda on censor board, now the Haider director Vishal Bhardwaj came forward and slammed Indian censor board by saying that censor board gives a “deaf” ear to the concerns of the filmmakers.
When asked for his reaction on the possibility of censorship creeping into the digital medium, Bhardwaj said, “Did they listen to us when they put the ‘no smoking’ ticker on a running visual? Do they hear us even now? They (censor board) are deaf. They do whatever they want to do. We are the only nation in this world that has ‘no smoking’ on a running visual. How more ridiculous can it be?”
He further said”The kind of things you can do in a series and there’s no censorship. That Animal Welfare Board, my God, it’s a pain in the neck, if I can’t say a**. And the kind of things they impose on you. Films are such a soft target. If anything is happening to someone, (target) the film. As if films are responsible for every evil that exists in the society.” Vishal Bhardwaj also went on to say that he would love to create a project for the digital medium “as soon as possible”. “It is such a creative freedom for a director. I love cinema. But these series offer really something unique. In films, at the editing level, we have to let go of many nuances. The small characters you don’t concentrate on. Series gives you that liberty and freedom,” he added.
The session also had veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy and Abhishek Chaubey on the panel.Chaubey said people in power in the country do not take cinema or arts, in general, seriously.
“I think this government is having a hard time driving the economy and giving employment to people. They are not interested in changing cinema or changing the culture or understanding the culture of cinema,” said the director, whose Udta Punjab was embroiled in controversy as the CBFC had ordered multiple cuts from the film. Sippy praised the digital medium for emerging as a great platform for “storytelling”.
“What the web series is offering is to do what you want, at the time you want. There is no limitation – either time or creativity. Even the censor lines are far broader at the moment. There should be no censor. It is supposed to be film certification, it’s not censorship. But the film’s still go through the process,” the director said. “It has gone through changes. Even the films that are screened on the big screen there’s a lot more limiting today than it was when we started back then,” Sippy said.
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