The draft of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021 has evoked some strong responses from the film industry members of the country. Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Monday took to Twitter to urge everyone to speak up for creative freedom. The Bill allows the direct intervention of the government in controlling the narrative of cinema in the country.
Kamal Haasan took to Twitter and wrote, “Cinema, media and the literati cannot afford to be the three iconic monkeys of India. Seeing, hearing, and speaking of impending evil is the only medication against attempts to injure and debilitate democracy. Please act, voice your concern for freedom and liberty. @MIB_India #cinematographact2021 #raiseyourvoice (sic).”
Cinema, media and the literati cannot afford to be the three iconic monkeys of India. Seeing, hearing and speaking of impending evil is the only medication against attempts to injure and debilitate democracy. (1/2)
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) June 28, 2021
Many other filmmakers like Adoor Gopalkrishnan, Vetrimaaran, Hansal Mehta, Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, and others have opposed the bill.
As per the guidelines in the Bill, the central government will have the power to re-examine films and shows that have already been cleared for public screening by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The Centre will have the power to revise the decision of the CBFC if it feels that the film is against the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of the country. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting put out a draft of the Bill in the public domain and sought comments from the people before taking it up to Parliament.
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