The Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has refused to issue a certificate to Jayan Cherian’s Malayalam film Ka Bodyscapes giving a big blow to the filmmaker and his team. CBFC believes that the film glorifies gay and homosexual relationship. The statement released by CBFC states that the movie has many shots of male body parts (in paintings) which fall under the category of spreading nudity. According to the revising committee, the movie also portrayed ‘Hindu’ religion in a derogatory manner by showing ‘Hanuman’ in poor light as Gay which could lead to law and order problem in the society.
The order was issued by A. Prathibha, regional officer of the Central Board of Film Certification, Thiruvananthapuram and the certificate was not issued under guidelines 1(a), 1(d), 2(vii), 2(viii), 2(ix), 2(xi), 2(xii), 2(xiii), 2(viii) and 3(i). The director of the film, Jayan Cherian was taken aback by the announcement and posted on Facebook: “It’s official, Mr Pahlaj Nihalani (chairman of the CBFC) put the final nail in my coffin!”
Here is the letter sent to Jayan Cherian by CBFC:
Yesterday, when the review committee was about to watch the film in Mumbai, Cherian was hopeful of getting a green light from CBFC and appealed fans to pray for the movie. His Facebook post read as, “CBFC Chairman watching KaBodyscapes again with his highest review committee tomorrow in Mumbai at NFDC Preview theatre @11:30 am as stipulated by honourable Kerala High Court Division Bench Judgment on December 2nd, 2016. We are almost marking our anniversary with CBFC regarding our attempt to get this film certified. KaBodyscapes finished and submitted for certification in March 2016. Since then several committees reviewed the film, several writs filed in High Court and several Judgements pronounced, but the film is not certified yet! Friends, foes, and cinephiles cross your fingers!”