An Argumentative Indian, a documentary film based on Nobel laureate and eminent economist Amartya Sen, ran into trouble with the censor board. The movie by Suman Ghosh will not be released this Friday as the filmmaker has refused to beep out words like Gujarat, cow, Hindutva view of India and Hindu India as directed by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Ghosh has flayed the censor board saying this particular attitude underlined that the very relevance of the documentary is in the part in which Sen has spoken about alleged intolerance in the country, as per The Telegraph report.
CBFC had reportedly told Ghosh that film will be allowed to release with UA certificate if these words were beeped out, as per The Telegraph report. Sen said that he was open to dialogue if the government has any reservations, according to NDTV report.
The film has been made over 15 years from 2002 and is structured as a free-flowing conversation between Sen and his student economist Kaushik Basu, as per PTI report. Eminent scholars like Paul Samuelson, Kenneth Arrow, Sugata Bose and former prime minister and economist Manmohan Singh share their views about Sen’s work. In the film Sen speaks of social choice theory, development economics, philosophy and the rise of right-wing nationalism across the world including India, the report says.
The film was screened at state-run Nandan 2 days ago. The event was attended by Sen, and veteran thespian and actor Soumitra Chatterjee among others, PTI report says.
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