Censor Board Objects To Words 'Cow' And 'Gujarat' In Amartya Sen Documentary

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| July 13 , 2017 , 09:37 IST

The Indian Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is notorious for the curtailment of content in feature films, but has now protested to certain seemingly innocent words used in a documentary on Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. Words that the censor board has protested on include 'cow', 'Gujarat', 'Hindu India', and 'Hindutva view of India'.

The documentary 'Argumentative Indian' based on the life of renowned economist Amartya Sen, made by national award- winning filmmaker Suman Ghosh will reportedly get a UA certificate only if the mentioned words are beeped out or removed entirely.

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Dr. Amartya Sen was quoted by NDTV as saying, "it shows the country is in the hands of an authoritarian regime pursuing its own view of what is good for the country".

"I think what they object to is the particular statements, it's not that they didn't like my reference to Gujarat but it is to what happened in 2002," he said.

Ghosh revealed that the censor board members watched his one-hour film for over three hours and then announced the decision that the documentary would be cleared with a UA certificate (requiring parental guidance) if he agreed to beep out the concerned words.

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But Ghosh is not ready to compromise yet and said that he is ready to fight all the way to court if required. To contest the board's decision, the filmmaker would have to appeal to a review committee, then go to a tribunal and finally to court if the censor board decision is unchanged.

Filmed over a period of 15 years, the documentary has Sen in conversation with one of his students, Kaushik Basu, an economist. The movie has already made its debut in New York and London and is expected to be released online by the end of the year, however its India release is under question, pending the censor board.