25 November, 2020

Censor Board Diary

Has the censor board's mindset always been that of a regressive, insecure male?

Censor Board Diary
It’s Curtains for the Mind

We talk about purdah. This is purdah for the human mind. The Censor Board of Film Cer­tification (CBFC) has declined to certify my film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, saying it dep­icts women’s fantasies and contains scenes and abusive words that are not in conformity with its guidelines. This, after all the accola­des showered on the movie at various natio­nal and international film festivals!  It has just bagged an award at Glasgow after similar honours at Tokyo. Even in a supposedly conservative society in Cairo, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals, it received a standing ovation. But Indian minds need a big black curtain.

Papa Don’t Preach

You don’t need to psycho-analyse the censor board to know its mindset has always been that of a regressive, insecure male. It sees no harm if the sexual fantasies of men are depicted on...



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