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Monday, February 25, 2013

Story of the Bengali film Kangal Malsat and the troubles with Censor Board

Director Suman Mukhopadhyay’s Bengali film Kangal Malsat – War Cry of Poor is not cleared by Censor Board for some controversial issues like the way in which the swearing-in ceremony of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been shown and the Singur movement.

Story of the film Kangal Malsat is written by eminent litterateur Mahasweta Devi's son Nabarun Bhattacharya and rebel Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman has portrayed a character in the film.

Censor Board feels that there are many controversial matters in the film Kangal Malsat, there is a scene that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is taking oath and a person is watching the swearing-in ceremony with disdain. In another controversial shot, Kabir Suman is found saying that 'The Tatas have cut a sorry figure. Now there are so many committees. They are making Kolkata into London...’

Censor Board also feels that there are unnecessary use of abusive language, sexuality and casual approach in portraying social movements like Singur agitation which may hurt the sentiments of many people.

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