On Thursday evening, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused to issue a certificate to Malayalam film ‘Ka Bodyscapes’ directed by Jayan Cherian. The movie was based on a sensitive issue of gay and homosexual relationship and since CBFC’s announcement, this point has been highlighted again and again. However, it is just of the many reasons given by the board to ban the film and for once, it might just be right.
The teaser of the film starts with a man lying nude next to a sea, bare-chested, breathing heavily while another man is busy making his portray. A scene that is breathtakingly shot and brought to life on screen. Not too often in Indi, you see directors using male actors to create a seductive aura but Jayan Cherian successfully did it. It is followed by few more shots where the filmmaker continues to break several taboos of the Indian society by bringing up many hardly talked about issues like menstrual blood.
By this time, you are deeply into the trailer and start wondering what could possibly be the reason to ban the film! Right at that moment, you get your answer. Comes a shot of Lord Hanuman flying with a mace in one hand but in his other hand, instead of the ‘Sanjivani mountain’, he is holding books with titles reading as ‘Gay Love’, ‘Funny Boy’ and ‘IPC 377’ etc. Moreover, he isn’t wearing clothes. This portrayal of a God through a popular medium of mass communication is wrong on many grounds.
Watch the teaser of the film here:
Yes, as a filmmaker you artistic liberty to try put various things and build your own alternate reality but at the same, time you have certain responsibilities as well. Such depiction of Hanuman can not only offend a lot of people and hurt their religious sentiments but at the same time may cause a serious problem of law and order in the country. This is one point that has been clearly mentioned in the letter written by CBFC to Jayan Cherian.
There are better ways to convey the same message without involving Gods in a manner that it agitates people. And, it doesn’t apply to just Hindu religion but for all the religions and not just in India but all across the globe. The director had used his actors beautifully to create a majestic piece of cinema but his move to use a God was totally uncalled for. If you want to fight for gay rights, go ahead, people will stand by you but just make sure that you don’t bring down any religion or an individual’s faith in the process.