The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has stalled the release of a Bengali film ‘Shunyota’ (Emptiness). The film is directed by Suvendu Ghosh and is themed on the announcement Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi made on demonetisation in which he banned the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. It all started with the film being referred to Pahlaj Nihalani, who is the chairperson of CBFC for clearance. Since then the director is waiting to receive the issuance of the certificate for his film.
“The Examining Committee has examined the film on March 27. Since there are differences of opinion among the members of the committee regarding granting of a certificate, the case is being referred, as per the Certification rules, to the Chairman, CBFC for his decision in this regard,” a letter from the CBFC regional office has informed the film’s producers, as reported by Indian Express.
Ghosh has also stated that no grounds were presented before him for delaying the film and he has not received any communication yet because of which the film will not be released on its scheduled day i.e Friday.
“CBFC not sure in which category they should slot the film, Director Suvendu Ghosh revealed. As the film is based on demonetisation, the storyline of the movie involves the lives of the people affected by demonetisation.
“The plot of the film revolves around three stories which show how people were affected by demonetisation. The movie shows the good side as well as the bad side of the decision. We had applied for film certification to the Kolkata office of CBFC, as it is a regional film, on March 16 and the screening was on March 27. After the screening, the examining committee members said they could not decide the category of the movie and will send it to CBFC Chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani for clearance,” Ghosh said at a news conference. “Since then, we have not received any communication from the chairperson.”