After Udta Punjab, now censorship is all they way to fade away the film named Haraamkhor, which tells a delicate love story between a 14-years-old student and a teacher. The story is based on real life events.
The film is directed by Shlok Sharma and co-produced by Shlok Sharma and Guneet Monga. It was premiered in the 15th Annual New York Indian Film Festival and Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
The censor board has refused the film a certificate because of the ‘theme itself’. It says, in India, a teacher is a revered figure. And thus, there is an issue with depiction of a love affair between a student and teacher in a country where a teacher is worshiped and idolised.
According to Times Of India, the CBFC letter stated, “There are many filthy dialogues spoken by kids and body gestures of the kids were also found to be objectionable. Kids committing crime etc does not merit any certificate to the film. Hence, ‘refused’ because of its theme itself.”
In an interview with Huffington Post, Guneet Monga said, “A court battle with the Censor Board in the vein of Udta Punjab is not an option. It’s a small, mostly crowdfunded film. We don't have the resources to go and fight this out in the courts.”
Instead, they will reach out to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which is presided over by a retired High Court judge and hope that they take a broader view of the ‘theme’ and give a green signal to the film.
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