December 1, 2011
“One is my brother and the other is not is the thinking of a narrow-minded person. For those who are broad-minded, liberals, or noble people, the entire world is one big family.” This translation...
November 26, 2011
None of the reasons given by the Tamil Nadu government for imposing a ban on the film Dam 999 holds water. The right to freedom of speech and expression, as enshrined in the Constitution an...
November 25, 2011
Indian courts have consistently upheld and championed the fundamental right to free speech and expression enshrined in the Constitution. This includes the right to put forward different and contrary views, right or wrong. A recent instance saw the Supreme Court of India striking down Uttar Pradesh's ban on the film Aarakshan. This article by A.P. Shah, retired Chief Justice of the Madras and Delhi High Courts, sets out key issues relating to freedom of expression and censorship by the state. The article, written before the ban on the film, Dam 999, is highly relevant in the current context.
November 23, 2011
Even as political parties in the State are up in arms against the screening of DAM999, a film depicting the dangers likely to be caused by the breach of the Mullaperiyar dam, a group of MDMK activi...
August 21, 2011
In coming down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government order suspending the screening of the Hindi film Aarakshan, which deals with issues of caste and reservation, the Supreme Court of Ind...
April 9, 2011
Proud legacyOutgoing Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore has been unusual in as much as a visible face, a continuing actor and censor board head. “I think this has been one legac...
July 22, 2010
Surendranath Thilakan is back where he began. And when he strides back onto the stage, he is coming with questions that are sure to make many cringe.
Thilakan, now 74, had made his for...
June 8, 2010
British director Michael Winterbottom accused of indulging in “torture porn.”
April 23, 2010
With his latest appeal rejected, Roman Polanski’s fate once again lies in the hands of Swiss authorities.A California appeals court on Thursday rejected Mr. Polanski’s bid to ha...
March 1, 2010
Veteran actor Thilakan, who was on Monday suspended from the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), said he would not give up his fight for justice.Talking to reporters here on Mon...
November 27, 2011
The Tamil Nadu government's decision to ban the screening of the film Dam 999 (“Indefensible ban,” editorial, Nov. 26) can be described as disappointing. The response has been rather cliché...
November 25, 2011
Director not to move Supreme Court against T.N. ban now
November 24, 2011
The Tamil Nadu government has banned the screening of the feature film, Dam 999, with immediate effect. This was announced in a press release issued by Chief Secretary Debendranath Saran...
October 11, 2011
The Australian producers of a film critical of Iran say they are appalled at reports that an Iranian actress has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearing in the movie. ...
August 14, 2011
Prakash Jha's film starring Deepika, Amitabh, and Saif Ali Khan in theatres from today
July 30, 2010
Thilakan, in the eye of a storm in Kerala’s cultural sphere, took his rightful place in front of a movie camera on a grey Wednesday morning at Kozhikode -- for the first time in eight months...
June 18, 2010
The Competition Commission of India has restrained a regional film chamber from preventing exhibition of new film ‘Raavan’ starring Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan being distribu...
May 24, 2010
In a significant intervention, the First Bench of the Madras High Court directed the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) on May 18 “to take all possible steps to release at an early...
April 10, 2010
Advocates, students of Madurai Law College and social activists took to the streets staging a protest demanding the immediate release of ‘Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar,' a film on the life and time...
February 23, 2010
Kerala Education and Culture Minister M.A. Baby on Tuesday offered to mediate to end the standoff between veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan and film outfits over his recent outburst against superst...