Restrictions are not a bad thing: Amartya Bhattacharya

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 8: Debutant director Amartya Bhattacharyya and award-winning director Lingavedaru B S suggested that there were no curbs on artistic tolerance and felt that restrictions might in fact, be a good thing.

They were speaking at the International Film Festival of Kerala’s (IFFK) ‘Meet the Director’ programme. Also present were veteran Malayalam industry director Harikumar R and Bangladeshi director Abu Shahed Emon.

But while Odisha director Bhattacharyya, whose Capital I is showing at the festival, said that he “liked restrictions”, and had asked for an ‘A’ certificate for his film, which he felt was best suited for more mature audiences, Harikumar averred that he is always aware of the looming presence of the censor board while he makes a movie.

“In every other art form—a painting or a novel—the creator is not held back,” said the hit-making director of IFFK film Kattum Mazhayum, which he felt was his most meaningful film. “In films, our greatest limiters are our censors.”

Kannada director Lingavedaru’s film I Am Not He... She is about transgenders, and felt that “we need to have some boundaries.... we live in a very tolerant country”.

Also present at the programme was popular actor Unni Mukundan, who has acted in Kattum Mazhayum


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