The censor board has reportedly red-flagged Unfreedom, a film exploring the subject of homosexuality. The story revolves around a young girl who defies traditional marriage to spend life with her lesbian partner.
CBFC's new panel has been embroiled in a slew of controversies. Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani recently put out a list of cuss words to be muted in the films sparking huge outrage among filmmakers. Now, the Censor Board seems to have issues with the nudity and lovemaking scenes in Unfreedom
The film also has a parallel story of a terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim. The film starring Adil Hussain and Victor Banerjee challenges the idea of religious fundamentalism and questions its connection with homosexuality which is a bitter reality of India, filmmaker Raj Amit Kumar told reporters.
While the Examining Committee and the Revising Committee stated that "Hindu and Muslims will start fighting and will ignite unnatural passions", the director condemned this, claiming that his film is not provocative.
The filmmaker appealed to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal but was denied a certificate. The director is now making an appeal in the High Court for the same. Meanwhile, the Censor Board's decision has definitely come as a huge blow to the LGBT community.