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Filmmaker agrees to remove 'Gujarat' from docu on Amartya Sen

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

National award-winning filmmaker Ghosh today said he has accepted the Censor Board's recommendation to remove the word 'Gujarat' from his documentary on Nobel laureate after consideration. The film 'The Argumentative Indian', which was shot in two parts in 2002 and 2017, has talking about the social choice theory, development economics, philosophy, and the rise of right-wing nationalism across the world including in The Central Board of Film Certification, Kolkata, had, on July 11, asked Ghosh to cut or mute six parts (both words and phrases) - 'Gujarat', 'In India', 'Hindu', 'Cow', 'These days' and 'Hindutva' -- from the documentary for a 'U' certification. "I recognise that the decision (on removing the word 'Gujarat') is not the best but I strongly believe that the film should be shown to the public without further delay since beyond the controversies, which were rather unfortunate I have a larger point in the film which needs to be communicated," Ghosh told from the US. Contesting over one word will further prolong the matter, as his previous experiences suggest, he said. "I remain disappointed by the fact that at the end an academician of the stature of is being subjected to censorship in a democracy," Ghosh said. The filmmaker said ever since the letter reached him suggesting one cut in the documentary "I had given due thought and consideration to the proposed cut on using the word as suggested by the " Joshi met in on January 4 this year -- six months since his appeal to the Review Committee and after two cancelled meetings in the intervening period. "It was a cordial meet and I got the impression that Joshi is an open-minded person and was ready to have a dialogue about the film," said Ghosh. Joshi and the team reduced the number of cuts to one -- the word 'Gujarat'. The filmmaker said he wanted the Review Committee to give an official reasoning for the proposed cut. " that a healthy and meaningful debate can take place in the public forum.

In the absence of any such declaration I wish to abstain from any subsequent comment on the matter," Ghosh said.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 16:35 IST