U-certified documentary on Babri Masjid restricted for adults on YouTube

Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan was baffled to learn that 'Ram ke Naam' has been termed an 'adult' film 26 years after its release.

Published: 12th February 2019 11:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2019 01:09 PM   |  A+A-

Anand Patwardhan

Noted documentary maker Anand Patwardhan. (Photo | Facebook)


MUMBAI: Renowned filmmaker Anand Patwardhan has said his National Award-winning documentary "Ram Ke Naam", based on the Babri Masjid demolition, has been age-restricted on YouTube.

The director said the video-sharing website is "catering to Hindutva goons who want to kill all secular content." The 1992 documentary explores the campaign waged by the Hindu-nationalist Vishva Hindu Parishad to build a Ram temple at the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, as well as the communal violence that it triggered.

The film had received a 'U' certificate from the Central Bureau of Film Certification and was shown at prime time on Doordarshan after the High Court ordered its telecast in 1996. Patwardhan said he is baffled how the film has now been termed for "adults" only, 26 years after its release.

Patwardhan had written to YouTube regarding the move, to which the video-sharing website replied that "Ram Ke Naam" was flagged for review, upon which, they "determined that it may not be suitable for all viewers and it has been placed behind an age restriction."

"After further review, we've determined that while your video does not violate our Community Guidelines, it may not be appropriate for a general audience. We have therefore age-restricted your video," Patwardhan shared YouTube's response below his post.

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