Amartya Sen Documentary – CBFC Writes To I&B Minister


Kolkata: Advisory panel member of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Kolkata Partha Sarathi Chowdhury wrote an email to the minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani seeking legal action against the screening of Amartya Sen’s uncertified documentary.

In a letter marked to Irani, Chowdhury mentioned the screening was a violation of the law since ‘The Argumentative Indian’ is still awaiting certification. Taking legal action against both the director and Nandan will restore faith of people in the Indian Constitution, Chowdhury wrote. The letter has also been marked to CBFC chairperson, joint secretary films of ministry of Information and Broadcasting and regional officer of CBFC Kolkata.

Adding strength to Chowdhury’s protest is another CBFC advisory panel member Pulak Narayan Dhar who wants the ministry to take “exemplary action” so that no one repeats such an offence in future. “For 36 years, I have taught the Indian constitution and political science in government colleges of Bengal. When I heard about the screening, I knew it was illegal, unethical and immoral. It’s a violation of the Cinematograph Act too,” Dhar said.