Need NOC From PM Modi: CBFC to Makers of Documentary on Kejriwal

The makers of ‘An Insignificant Man’ have been asked to get an NOC from PM Modi, Sheila Dikshit and Arvind Kejriwal.

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<i>An Insignificant Man</i>, film based on Arvind Kejriwal is having trouble with its release in India. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is at it again. An insignificant Man, a documentary based on the life of Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has hit several roadblocks ahead of its release in India.

Pahlaj Nihalani, the CBFC chief has, reportedly, asked the filmmakers to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from three people; Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Kejriwal himself among others.

The makers of the film put out a statement regarding the issue.

The filmmakers, Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla's claim that Nihalani is making “unethical demands” which are “impossible to fulfill”.

Their statement also raised the issue about our democracy coming under threat with filmmakers being unable to tell their stories without a caveat. “We cannot progress as a democracy if every statement on politics is regarded as a threat,” they wrote.

Anand Gandhi, who is the producer of the documentary, took to Twitter to speak about the certification board’s directive.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Nihalani is asking for an NOC because several references to the three people have been made and require their nod. But the filmmakers argue that all information taken for their film; footage etc. is already available in the public domain.

An Insignificant Man has been screened at over 40 film festivals around the globe.

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