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Censor Is Society's Cancer, Says Mallika Sherawat

Mumbai, March 22: Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat has lashed out at the Censor Board by tweeting “Censor is society's cancer”. On being asked by a Twitter follower if she'd abolish censorship in Bollywood if she

PTI [ Updated: March 22, 2012 14:01 IST ]
censor is society s cancer says mallika sherawat
censor is society s cancer says mallika sherawat

Mumbai, March 22: Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat has lashed out at the Censor Board by tweeting “Censor is society's cancer”.


On being asked by a Twitter follower if she'd abolish censorship in Bollywood if she could, Mallika gave this reply, reports HT City.

The chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Leela Samson said: “Whatever Mallika has said is her personal opinion. She is a good actor and I feel she has the right to say whatever she wants.”

Says filmmaker and writer Pritish Nandy: “I am all for freedom. Without liberty and equality, no democracy is worth its name. Censorship is a blot on any democracy. Long before Sherawat, the greatest thinkers and leaders have said this.”

Director Mahesh Bhatt says: “I think Mallika meant that the censorship of human thought can be cancerous for the spirit. As far as the Censor Board is concerned, we have come a long way from the 1970s, but there's a longer way to go.”

Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava, whose film Turning 30 last year ran into trouble with censors, says: “ Our Censor Board has double standards ... item songs where a woman shows her assets is fine, but there's a problem with a woman who speaks her mind.”

Says actor Gul Panag: “In an educated, aware society, censorship should be minimal. However, in a country with a large illiterate population, censorship is a necessary evil.”

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