Censor board may not revisit Adipurush’s certificate, Centre says on ban plea: A lowdown

  patro jagaya   5709   29 Jun, 2023 

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The Allahabad High Court was hearing petitions seeking a ban on Adipurush. Amid controversy over Adipurush’s dialogues and its representation of some mythological figures, the Centre told the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday that the Central Board of Films Certification (CBFC) “may not revisit on the certificate already issued” to the film. The big point: The Allahabad High Court was hearing petitions seeking a ban on Adipurush, saying it “would create serious disharmony in the society.” The legal counsel for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, however, submitted that “he has been told that before the starting of the film, the disclaimer has been shown to the effect that the film is not the Ramayana.” What the Centre said: Deputy Solicitor General of India SB Pandey, who was representing the Centre, cited Section 6 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, noting that under “such circumstances, the revisional power vests with the Central Government.” “Board of Films certification may not revisit on the certificate already issued to the film,” he said. What the court said: The Lucknow bench of the high court disagreed with the argument that the disclaimer shown at the outset of the film was enough to clarify that it is not the Ramayana. “Hindus are tolerant but why they are tested every time? When Hindus are civilised, is it correct to suppress them?” the bench asked. The court directed Deputy Solicitor General SB Pandey to seek instructions as to whether the central government was contemplating reviewing the certificate granted by the censor board allowing the movie to be screened in theatres. The next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. ICYMI: Om Raut directorial Adipurush, a retelling of the epic Ramayana, has come in the eye of the storm over its allegedly offensive dialogues, colloquial language, and depiction of some mythological figures. At the box office: The Prabhas-Kirti Sanon starrer has had a poor innings at the box office amid the turmoil, with a domestic box office collection of Rs 279.78 crore so far. The number is not exceptional, given the budget of the film was reportedly as high as Rs 500 crore.

Comments

  • praveen giri

    I liked dialogues about Shabari where Ram regarded her as mother without caste discrimination, and sat at her feet. ?

    Reply | 01 Jul, 2023
  • praveen giri

    Because of controversy, I saw film and actually enjoyed it. ? Needless controversy.

    Reply | 01 Jul, 2023

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