Hindu religious guru forms ‘censorship board’ to monitor Bollywood film series
Shankaracharya Swami Abhimukteswarananda, one of the main Hindu religious leaders, announced at a press conference in Delhi that he was setting up a private censorship board to monitor films, soap operas, dramas, books – everything which might hurt the religious feelings of Hindus.
In his words, “Whenever a religion needs to be downplayed in a movie, it’s Hinduism. And other religions are well represented. Bollywood, TV series, OTT platforms – Hindu gods and goddesses are insulted everywhere. The religious censors arrest him.” Creating the table.”
The ‘censorship board’ set up by the Hindu cleric is said to have 11 members, including Supreme Court lawyers, religious gurus, media representatives, historians and people from the film industry.
The film’s character, script and dialogues will all be under scrutiny
According to Swami Abhimukteswarananda, “Religious characters, dialogues, colors, tilaks and scripts will be examined in movies, soap operas or OTT platforms. If anywhere it turns out that Hinduism, Vedas-Puranas are misinterpreted, this council of censorship will take necessary action.”
The Hindu cleric called on film or soap makers to consult this advice before making a film or a soap opera, so that there will be no problem later.
Bollywood director Tarun Rathi has been retained as a consultant to this council.
Why this “Religion Censorship Council”?
Tarun Rathi said, “This censor board will help the film industry in a way. Because someone made a film after spending hundreds of millions of rupees and then it was seen that Hindu society was boycotting it. Then it’s the producer’s loss.To avoid this loss, talk with the board.
But India has a government-controlled film certification board, which makes it illegal to screen any film without a permit. So why a new religious censorship board?
In response to this question from BBC Bengal Mr. Rathi says: “The Constitution of India gives the right to establish organizations which will manage their own religious affairs. And that is exactly what we are trying to do with the Censorship Board of religion. And despite the government’s censorship board, many such scenes or dialogues are erased.” get what hurts the religious feelings of Hindus.”
“It happens because we accept it silently. But now we won’t be silent. We want a proper representation of our religion within the rights granted by the constitution. We will resort to the legal system if necessary,” he said. Mi told the BBC. Bangla. . rathi
Monitoring will continue on regional languages as well
This censorship board will not only monitor Bollywood movies or Hindi soap operas. The “censorship board” will monitor movies, soap operas, dramas, books in regional languages and even social media or school plays.
BJP South Kolkata District Chairman Sanghamitra Chowdhury is a filmmaker himself.
Upon learning of the formation of this religious censorship committee, his reaction was as follows: “There is a government censorship committee. Apart from that, can a private organization set up such a censorship committee? We do not know. And the government we voted for, information and information from the BJP government. The censorship committee comes under the Ministry of Broadcasting. They are well aware of the problems. Regarding Shankaracharyaji, my question is whether it was necessary to create a private censorship committee. ?”
But at the same time, Miz Chowdhury says that recently many producers-directors have made their films controversial by introducing religious themes into the films, because of which there are protests and disputes.
“In a secular country, everyone has freedom of speech. No one’s freedom of speech can be suppressed in this way. But as a director and as a BJP activist, no religious feelings should be hurt – not just Hindus, Muslims, Christians or anyone. The feelings of religion should not be hurt,” said BJP leader and filmmaker Sanghamitra Chowdhury.
Is Bollywood anti-Hindu?
The conflict between Hindutva and Indian filmmakers is not new.
A scene from Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone’s star ‘Pathan’ is already being debated in India.
Hindutva organizations say that in a scene from the film, Deepika Padukone sang in an ocher-colored bikini, which hurt the religious feelings of Hindus. Threats have also been made that the film will not be released unless several scenes are changed.
The Indian government’s censorship board has ordered some Pathan scenes to be edited, but it has not been revealed which scenes these are.
Before “Pathan”, a movie named “Adipurush” was also lifted by Hindutva.
Even before that, several movies like ‘Kali’, ‘Padmaavat’, ‘Brahmastra’, ‘Lakshmi’ created controversy. Hindutva activists sometimes went into the cinema hall and protested, sometimes the sets were attacked during the film’s production.
Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samaj, the supreme body of Hindu saints, said bluntly at a recent meeting that Bollywood is in fact anti-Hindu.
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