Bangla film’s release stalled for ridiculing Mamata
Kolkata: The war of words between rebel Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman and party boss Mamata Banerjee intensified on Monday after a Bangla movie starring Suman was refused clearance by the censor board over ‘undignified’ content on Mamata Banerjee.
Starring Suman, ‘Kangal Malsat’ (War Cry of Poor) is directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay and is based on a book written by eminent litterateur Mahasweta Devi’s son Nabarun Bhattacharya.
“The way the honourable CM’s oath taking ceremony has been shown seems distortion of history and may hurt many common people of West Bengal and create sensation (violence),” the letter issued by the Central Board of Film Certification to the film’s producers says.
The film shows a person watching the swearing-in ceremony with disdain. It also has a controversial shot of Kabir Suman saying in Bengali, ‘The Tatas have cut a sorry figure. Now there are so many committees. They are making Kolkata into London…”
The letter says, “The way departure of Tata Company was uttered in the film, it seemed to malign or at least look down upon a significant movement of a civic society.
“The treatment of the film with unnecessary use of abusive language, sexuality and casual approach in portraying social movements may hurt the sentiments of many people in our society,” it said.
The letter also claims that the portrayal of Stalin, ruler of erstwhile Soviet Union, has been done so irresponsibly in the film that the dogmatic statement might hurt the sentiments of many his supporters and create unrest during public screening.
Slamming the move, Suman termed West Bengal Chief Minister as an “authoritarian politician”, who suffers from “persecution mania.”
Alleging ‘political discrimination’ by the government, the director has moved the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal challenging the Censor Board’s decision.
“As a filmmaker I made a film which I wanted to. Now if it has some political undercurrents it doesn’t mean those in power have the power to ban the film. They are trying to gag us,” he said.