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Filmmaker seeks Censor Board certificate for documentary

Filmmaker Pankaj Butalia, whose documentary on Kashmir violence titled, Textures of Loss , has hit a roadblock with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refusing to give it clearance, on Tuesday, said the film had been shown on four occasions with official permission without deletion of any scene.

The documentary focuses on violence in Kashmir between 2005 and 2013 and contains interviews of affected people.

After a Single Judge Bench of the Delhi High Court allowed its release on May 25 this year, the CBFC has moved an appeal in the Division Bench challenging the order.

Arguing against the appeal before the Division Bench, Mr. Butalia’s counsel Colin Gonsalves said the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had given exemption to screen the film without any cuts four times at different places since 2013.

The documentary was screened twice in Delhi, at the India International Centre in March 2013 and at the India Habitat Centre in April 2013.

It was also shown at the Ladakh International Film Festival in Leh in 2013 and Naukuchiatal Film Festival in Uttarakhand in March this year.

Mr. Butalia stated in an affidavit that the documentary was screened on the basis of “one time exemption”, as it did not have a CBFC certificate.

Despite this, the CBFC was not giving it a certificate for public viewing without deletions.

The Bench, comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, refused to pass any interim order on the appeal and posted it for hearing on August 13.

The Court said the matter required further consideration.

On Mr. Butalia’s writ petition challenging the December 2013 and September 2014 orders of CBFC and Film Certification Appellate Tribunal asking him to cut several scenes in the documentary, Justice Rajiv Shakdhar had directed CBFC to issue a certificate for its public screening without deletion of any scene.

The CBFC has contended in its appeal that some of the remarks shown in the documentary, particularly those made by the father of a child killed in police firing, were “seditious in nature” and would affect security and sovereignty of the country. The appellant said several of the scenes could further lead to a violent situation in the State.

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