India censored more films in 2017!
Artistic freedom, is the extent of an artist to produce art to his / her insight…India being in the top list of countries censored more films in 2017, we could see how status of art in our society is felt and interpreted.
“Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself”
- Potter Stewart
According to the survey of State of Artistic Freedom study, 20% of all censorship cases are from India. Out of 533 cases of artistic freedom violation in 78 countries, India surpasses Turkey, China, Lebanon and even the so called ‘unprogressive’ country - Pakistan. With this report being published we witness how those in power attempts to shut off those who disagree or questions their norms. Art is not something to be suppressed, art exists to express ideas which can spur debate, questions ideology and even lead to political, social changes.This power of expression and change is placed under scissors of Censor Board, leaving nothing of the real context.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S.Durga , Alankrita Sreevastav’s Lipstick Under My Burkha are the most controversial films that have endured Censor Board’s barbaric scissors. 2017. Indian film Industry, mostly Bollywood went through frequent hurdles of CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification), due to its contents which are likely to offend religious or ethnic sentiments.
‘The challenge of being creative in a multi-religious and culturally sensitive society was profound for Indian filmmakers in 2017. Claims of preserving cultural values and preventing religious uprisings were used excessively by censors to justify violation of artistic freedom. This seemingly encouraged far right caste groups to take action towards stalling film releases, threatening and attacking filmmakers in the course of the year’.
- State of Artistic Freedom
According to the report 67% of documented cases where against films and filmmakers, 50% of documented violations were censorship cases and 86% off censorship cases where against films. Out of 91% of all documented violations 55% where by government authorities and 36% of other religious and caste groups.
Freedom of expression is not meant to be performed according to the convenience of those who’s in power, India being a country that preserve and protect every art forms, should consider artistic freedom as its basic norm.