When movies don’t survive the wrath of censor board scissors and political tensions, film festivals like MAMI come as a disguised blessing. However, when these festivals also function on the basis of exceptions, the democracy of expressing your opinion via the cinematic medium is held to question.
‘Partition’, one of the internationally acclaimed movies by director Vic Sarin that was to be screened at the MAMI International Film Festival this year, will not be screened anymore as it didn’t pass the censor test. Ironically, any movie to be screened at this festival doesn’t a censor certificate.
Sudhir Nandgoankar, a member of the organising committee for MAMI said, “As per the procedure, the movie prints come to us. We preview them and send them for censor exemption. However, we just got a message from the (I&B) Ministry saying that the movie has not been given censor exemption. So there’s nothing that we could do.”
The Canada-based director of ‘Partition’ Vic Sarin said, “I wasn’t aware of this ruling and because of the limited time to achieve this I am not quite clear the outcome of the decision. Part of the film was shot in India with the complete permission and authorisation by the Central Govt.”
The movie is a love story set against the background of the India-Pakistan partition. A member of the censor board Nandini Sardesai said, “It is wrong if the movie is not being shown. ‘1971’, based on the prisoners of war in Pakistan, was cleared by us, though Pakistan has always denied presence of any war prisoners.”
Secretary of MAMI, Kiran Shantaram when contacted commented, “It is the producer’s problem to get the movie cleared of the censor board.”
Thanks to Nicolas from www.Kreuk-Central.net for the heads up!