The 60-minute documentary The Argumentative Indian on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has the economist actually criticising some of former Prime minister Manmohan Singh’s policies and the former PM defending them. However, this is not included in the trailer that was uploaded on social media on Friday.
The documentary, shot by economist Suman Ghosh in two parts, first in 2003 and the rest in 2017, has been in news following the refusal of the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) to clear the film until the producer agreed to delete the words ‘cow’, ‘Hindu India’, ‘Hindutva’ and ‘Gujarat’.
While there is international outrage at what is seen as puerile objections, Ghosh, who also teaches Economics in Miami, explained that the one minute-forty-one second trailer of the film that he tweeted and posted on his Facebook page had been prepared long before the screening before the CBFC and had nothing to do with the controversy. He was responding to observations that the trailer did not have the four words objected to by the CBFC.
Film makers are aghast at the law which does not require the CBFC to spell out its objections in writing. “Since it is a quasi-judicial order, CBFC’s objections should be ‘speaking orders’ and clearly spelt out,” said a filmmaker. The trailer can be viewed here:
The CBFC, which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons ever since Pahlaj Nihalani was appointed to helm it, appears to have made itself a laughing stock by objecting to dialogues such as the following in the documentary:
Prof Sen told The Telegraph that he found CBFC’s objections quite extraordinary. He told the newspaper :
With inputs by Supriya Nidhi