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Film Censor Board rejects docu on Muzaffarnagar riots

New Delhi: In a clear indication of towing the line of the new rulers,  the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has rejected a documentary film on last September's Muzaffarnagar riots. The documentary was produced by filmmaker Shubhradeep Chakravorty who shot to limelight after making a heart-rending documentary on the Gujarat riots of 2002. The documentary "In Dino Muzaffarnagar" deals with the socio-political fallout of riots in the area.

Chakravorty is a filmmaker with a conscience. He was a journalist but took to documentary filmmaking after the Gujarat riots. His first film was on the Gujarat violence and his second was inspired by the murder of Mumbai-based lawyer Shahid Azmi which explored the life-threatening conditions in which defence lawyers work on terror-related cases.

The Muzaffarnagar riots documentary, directed by Meera Chaudhary, looks into the acts of violence before, during and after the riots with the role of the leaders of the right-wing political parties highlighted. It also narrates stories of sanity where Jats helped Muslims and vice versa. It also touches upon the ongoing sugarcane agitation in western Uttar Pradesh, and the impact of the violence, given the mill owners leverage due to the split in the Bharatiya Kisan Union as a result of the riots which led Muslims break away from BKU.

The Film Censor Board is a statutory body under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, regulating the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act 1952. Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they have been certified by the Board. (muslimmirror.com)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2014 on page no. 13

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