SHIVAMOGGA: Saying that the Censor Board was irrelevant in a democratic and multi-cultural country like India, film director T S Nagabharana advocated re-evaluation of the Censor Board to give justice to films of all regions and languages.
He was speaking at an interaction on ‘Present State of the Film Industry, and the Relevance of the Censor Board’, organised by the District Working Journalists Association here on Monday.
He said till television media became dominant, cinema had certain restrictions.
But with the development of technology and introduction of television, the restrictions were removed in the process of gaining more TRPs, he said.
“At this moment, what should be the role of the Censor Board? Unfortunately, the Censor Board has acted as per its whims and fancies time and again, and this could have been accepted before the television media came into existence. Now, the situation has changed. When it was not possible to evaluate whether the programmes or films were being aired or screened are accepted by all or not, what is the need of the Censor Board?” he asked.
In such a situation, every stakeholder should rethink or re-evaluate the necessity of the Censor Board, as the present norms do not have any relevance.
“The Board should consider all dimensions of visual media. Otherwise, it would be imposing politically motivated decisions to impose the norms or guidelines framed decades ago,” he said. “It is unfortunate that the Censor Board has become a shelter for those with political antecedents. Some vested interests have been misusing this influential visual media. There should be some guidelines for both television media and cinema,” he said.
“When we are talking about the onslaught on visual culture, the Censor rules should be framed keeping in mind the present technological advancements. There are no different cultures. We are moving into a uni-cultural society. So, we need a uniform code. The existing norms are dead. They should be reinterpreted without hurting any community or society,” he added.
On the recent controversy related to the film PK, Nagabharana said each individual had his own way of telling a story. “Who is the Censor Board to dictate to him or her? If you believe in freedom of expression, then you should accept the movie PK. At the same time, those who protest against the movie also have their right to protest. But they should not dictate terms,” he said.
Association president N Ravi Kumar presided.District information officer G Himantharaju, association general secretary Vaidya and city unit secretary M Ningana Gowda were present.