CSF took this up too – Board refuses to clear film hurting sentiments

June 13, 2013 by  
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Four members of the board watched the film and implied that even if cuts were made to the film it would still be in violation.

Pithavinum Puthranum filmNew Delhi, June 11, 2013: A Christian Malayalam film has been shelved for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the community.

The film titled “Pithavinum Puthranum ” (In the name of The Father and The Son), is trapped behind censor boards because of offensive attitudes toward Christianity and may not be released.

“The board is an independent body that works under statutory stipulations. The film violates some of the guidelines that we follow during certification. We felt that people from a particular religion would find the film’s theme and certain visuals derogatory,” said T. Madhukumar, officer in Thiruvananthapuram and a member of the film censor board.

Four members of the board watched the film and implied that even if cuts were made to the film it would still be in violation.

The filmmakers have felt they just supplied a “human story” without discussing and being judgmental to Christianity, The Deccan Herald reports.

The original title of the film “Pithavinum Puthranum Parishudhaatmavinum” (In the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) faced backlash from Christian groups, forcing the makers of the film to drop the word “Holy Spirit”.

“The protests, however, reached us long before the film was submitted. The denial of certification has no connection with them,” said Madhukumar.

Director of the movie T. Deepesh said he had submitted the film to the board on May 13.

“The normal certification time is three to four days but the board members watched my film 23 days later. It’s baffling that a film watched in its entirety only by me and my producer can attract protests even before it is submitted for certification,” he alleged.

“Things would’ve been different had we made this a comedy or a mindless entertainer and not the thinking, serious film that it is,” he added.

– christianpost

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