Kaali poster controversy: The controversy is heightened by the poster for the documentary ‘Kali’. The poster shows the goddess Kali smoking a cigarette and holding a colored LGBTQIA + flag in her hand.
After the poster appeared, there is a lawsuit to take action against filmmaker Leena Manimekalai. Cases have also been reported against him in Lucknow and Delhi. Leena is accused of hurting religious feelings.
Leena lives in Canada and has been making movies for years. His documentary will be screened in Canada. According to Lena, her documentary is part of Toronto’s ‘Under the Tent’ project. Leena posted her poster on social media on July 2nd. #ArrestLeenaManimekalai is trending after the poster appeared. Following the escalation of the controversy, the High Commission of India in Canada has also filed an objection. The Indian High Commission has demanded a ban on this film.
On all this controversy, Leena has clarified that she has not shown anything wrong. He also said those who oppose it should see this film.
Outside, this documentary will be screened at an event in Canada. This film will not yet be screened in India. If this film is released on OTT, social media or YouTube in India, it will not need the approval of the Board of Censors for that, because there is no such law. However, if this film is to be released on the big screen, you need to get a Censorship Board certificate.
According to the Censors Board website, a film takes at least 68 days to obtain a certificate. The censorship board passes the film after seeing it. If necessary, some scenes from the film are removed, if there is hate speech, it is silenced, or other cuts are made. After that, the film gets a certificate.
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The censorship board offers 4 types of certificates
1. U (A): There are no restrictions on this film. Everyone can see it.
2. A (v): Minors can’t see it. There are no restrictions for adults.
3. UA (Ava): No restrictions, but kids under the age of 12 can watch this movie with their parents.
4. S (S): These films are for a special audience, such as doctors or scientists, and so on.
Freedom of expression, so why censor?
All the citizens of India have freedom of speech and expression. There are no restrictions on the media either. But people rely more on what is seen and heard than on education and are more affected. This is the reason why censorship is necessary for movies.
In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled in a ruling that “film censorship is necessary because the things and actions shown in a film inspire the audience, can have a strong effect on their minds, and can affect the audience. emotions “. As much as a film can propagate good, it can also propagate evil. It cannot be compared to other media. That is why film censorship is necessary.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is in charge of film censorship work in India. Until June 1983, it was known as the Central Film Censorship Board. This is the reason why even today in common parlance it is called the Censor Board. What will be shown in a movie and what not? How and what to give the certificate to a movie? Its censorship board has its own guidelines.
Whatever film is to be screened on the big screen in India, you need to bring a certificate. If this movie is a foreign movie or a video movie or a dubbed movie. In the case of dubbed films, the Censorship Board does not usually issue a recertificate. Movies made just for Doordarshan do not need a certificate as they have their own system.
The Board of Censors decides that films must remain sensitive and sensitive to social values and standards. Show good and healthy cinema.
According to Rule 38 of the 1983 Cinema (Certification) Rules, if a person advertises their film through any newspaper, poster, poster, classified ad or trailer, they must certify it. If this is not done, it will be a crime without bail under section 7 of the Film Act of 1952.
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What can’t you show in the movies?
Any scene in which violence is justified. The way criminals act or any similar scene that encourages crime.
No child can be shown as a victim or perpetrator of violence. Not even a scene can be shown in which a child has been abused in any way. It is also forbidden to make fun of a physically and mentally weak person or scenes of cruelty to animals.
There is a ban on showing such scenes related to violence, cruelty, or terror, for which people may be inhuman. Scenes of this type in which drinking, intoxication, consumption of bidi, cigarette or tobacco have been justified cannot be shown.
– Obscenity must not be shown, the use of double-meaning words must also be prohibited. In addition, it is forbidden to show scenes that injure the dignity of women or that defame them. Apart from this, showing scenes of rape, attempted rape or any kind of harassment of women should be avoided, until then it is not necessary to show these scenes.
– Scenes that humiliate any caste, religion or group cannot be shown. There is a ban on showing scenes with communal, conservative, unscientific or anti-national activities.
There can be no doubt about the sovereignty and integrity of India through any scene in the film. Nor can scenes of this kind be shown, which can endanger or endanger the security of the country, there is the possibility of bad relations with foreign countries, or there is a fear of endangering law and order.
What can happen if these rules are violated?
According to information available on the CBFC website, if someone violates the provisions of censorship, manipulates or releases the film without a certificate, then they can be punished with imprisonment or a fine.
– If a film is screened in violation of the censorship provisions, to do so may be punishable by imprisonment for any of the descriptions for a term which may extend up to three years, or by a fine of 1 lakh of Rs, or with both. For the second time, a fine of 20,000 rupees is applied every day for committing this crime.
At the same time, even if a video film is shown in violation of the rules, a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine of up to 1 lakh rupees is applied. For the second time, a fine of 20,000 rupees is imposed every day for committing this crime.
Other than that, the court can confiscate such a film, that is, it can ban it. Police can also enter these movie theaters and confiscate this film.