New Delhi, July 12, 2017: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has demanded to a film maker of the documentary ‘The Argumentative India’, to mute four words including ‘cow’ in his documentary on Amartya Sen.
Speaking to media, the filmmaker Suman Ghosh said that the CBFC’s Kolkata office here wanted to be muted are the four words ‘Gujarat’, ‘Cow’, ‘Hindutva view of India’ and ‘Hindu India’ from the documentary ‘The Argumentative Indian’ for getting U/A certificate.
“I expressed my inability to them,” he said. Taking out certain words from the discussion between Sen and the interviewer, economist Kaushik Basu, would remove the soul of the documentary, Ghosh said.
“I am waiting for their written communication and whether they will send the film to review committee in Mumbai. In any situation my response will be the same,” he said.
“These days films get online certification. So I hope the issue gets resolved quickly. But no question of taking out some words,” he added. Contacted, a member of the CBFC here said, “Nothing to comment to the media on what the director said. In the documentary, Sen speaks of social choice theory, development economics, philosophy and the rise of right-wing nationalism across the world including India.
Meanwhile, reacting to the controversy over the film, Amartya Sen said if the government had any reservations on the subject, there could be dialogue.
“What do I say on this? It’s not a film made by me. I am just the subject of the film. I think I should leave it on the filmmaker to speak on this. If the government has any reservations, there can be a dialogue. It won’t be befitting for me to make any comments on this,” the Nobel laureate told media.
The film has been made over 15 years from 2002 and is structured as a free-flowing conversation between Sen and his student economist Kaushik Basu.