Censor Board has no right over artistes’ creativity: Satish Babusenan

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 06:  Cinema is an artistic medium and not just entertainment, so the censor board does not have the right to infringe on the artiste’s freedom of expression, said Satish Babusenan, who directed International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) competition film Chaayam Poosiya Veedu with his brother Santosh.

The director duo, along with Kazak actor Aikyn Kalykov, spoke at a Press Meet at the Tagore theatre on the second day of the festival.

The director duo lauded the IFFK for not requiring a censorship certificate for screening; even the Goa-based International Film Festival of India demanded one. “This will probably be the first and last time that our movie will be screened,” said Santosh of the film, which has three nude scenes. “Chaayam Poosiya Veedu depicts the inner quest of a person. It is the thematic representation of how the inner self is connected to the exterior. However, the movie has not reached the audience due to censorship issues.”

The directors discussed casting K Kaladharan, Neha Mahajan and Akram Mohammed in the main roles.  “The movie is the best thing that happened in my life,” said Akram, who plays a seemingly crazy young man.

Actress Neha Mahajan said that she could explore herself as an actor in the movie, which celebrates womanhood.

“For fear of losing their money, the producers do not take the pains to go to court or any appellate if the censor board files a case against them. If the producers stay united in going against the censor board, they will stop their rigidity,” said Santosh, who suggested that online marketing might be the way forward.

Aikyn spoke of watching Raj Kapoor and Mithun Chakravarthy films in his homeland. The actor, who attended a seven year training course in screenplay, said that film production is on the rise in Kazakhstan, giving youngsters an opportunity to find good film work.

Even though Bopem has not got a theatrical release in Kazakhstan, it has been screened in festivals like Tokyo and Warsaw.

Chalachithra Academy Chairman T Rajeevnath released K T Shahul Hameed’s book on Malayalam films, Thaarangal Vediyeetu Veena Raathri , by handing over a copy to director and former Chalachithra Academy Chairman T K Rajeev Kumar, at the press meet.

Malayalam Director K M Kamal also participated in the press meet.

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