Kolkata, Feb 14 (PTI) The Censor Board has recommended
certain modifications in four pro-CAA advertisement films,
including deletion of the word "Bangladesh" from one, after
which the filmmaker has said she might consult her lawyers
before incorporating the suggestions.
In a letter to the producer and director of the
films Sanghamitra Choudhury earlier this week, the CBFC (East)
said the word "Bangladesh" be "cut or replaced", she told PTI.
The filmmaker was also asked to replace the word
"Hindu" with "Hindus from three neighbouring countries".
Expressing "helplessness" over the delay in their
release due to the objections raised by the Central Board of
Film Certification (CBFC), Choudhury, also a BJP Mahila morcha
leader, said a month and half had already lapsed since the
series was made.
"Much time has already been wasted before we could air
the series on certain TV channels," she said.
CBFC's regional officer Partha Ghosh, who signed the
letter, was not available for comments.
However, another CBFC source said the board did not
intend to hold back the films but wanted to ensure that they
fulfilled "all criteria" of the Censor Board before release.
In the letter, changes were also suggested in the last
part of a sentence in the first film of the series which says
"CAA pass hoye gechhe" (the CAA has been passed) to "CAA
howaye sabar subidha hoyechhe, amra sabai nagorik (the CAA has
taken care of all of us. We all are Indian citizens).
Insertion of a disclaimer was also recommended at the
beginning of each of the films which should read-- according
to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2020, "any person
belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian
community from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, who
entered into India on or before the 31st day of December,
2014, and who has been exempted by the Central government by
or under section 3(2) C of the Passport (entry into India)
Act, 1920... (serve) purposes of this act".
Chaudhury said one of the films drives home the point
that Muslims born in India or those whose parents were born
here are citizens of the country.
The other three films highlight the benefits of the
new law, seek to clear misconceptions and clarify that
furnishing any document is not mandatory for granting
citizenship to the targeted beneficiaries. PTI SUS MM SK