Former CBFC Chief Leela Samson Writes in Support of ‘Udta Punjab’

Former CBFC chief Leela Samson has critiqued the censorship of ‘Udta Punjab’ by the body.

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Former CBFC chief Leela Samson (L) and current CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani (R). (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

A few hours after the film fraternity united against the censor board’s clampdown on Anurag Kashyap’s Udta Punjab, former Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief, Leela Samson critiqued the film’s “slaughter” at the hands of the board, in a Facebook post.


Samson made caustic remarks against the current working of the CBFC, categorically implying that the film industry should be run by a self-regulated body, not an authority controlled by the government.

The point Anurag, is that the industry ought to know by now that this act of certification should be transferred to an internal body within the industry. Self regulation is the only regulation that should exist! 
Leela Samson, former CBFC chief

Clearly unhappy with the sword of censorship hanging above filmmakers’ heads under Pahlaj Nihalani’s rule as chief, Samson made a point about the incessant politicisation of the CBFC at the hands of the government.

But who appoints the Board? The members of the Viewing and Reviewing committees? The Ministry. Who dictates which officials will be placed in Mumbai? The Ministry. Who makes policy? The Ministry. Who runs the Film Festivals? The Ministry. Who sets up an Enquiry committee as was just done? The Ministry.

Peppered with sarcasm, Samson’s rant against the censorship of ‘Udta Punjab’ ends with a rallying call to continue fighting for the sake of art.

Get together. Fight for it. It’s the good fight. Everything else, boards, committees - they are a sham!

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