Amartya Sen’s Documentary Again Appears For Test


Kolkata: Amartya Sen’s documentary again appears for a test in front of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). On November 13, Suman Ghosh will be in Mumbai to attend the hearing of the revising committee report on ‘The Argumentative Indian’.

Earlier National Award winning filmmaker Suman Ghosh plans to release his censorship controversy-mired documentary on Nobel laureate Amartya Sen online in a “couple of months” in its entirety, including four words that the Indian censor board has objected to.

The Argumentative Indian, originally scheduled for a July 14 release, was refused the green signal by the Indian censor board over the use of the words cow, Gujarat, Hindu India and Hindutva, by Sen. The hour-long documentary, structured as a free flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu, has already been screened in New York and London. It had a special screening in Kolkata on July 10.

Last Thursday, Ghosh had received a letter from CBFC CEO Anurag Srivastava in this regard. On the same day, he was scheduled to attend the screening of his controversial documentary at Washington DC. Along with him, the screening was also attended by Sen and economist Kaushik Basu.

Just before the Washington DC screening last week, Ghosh informed Sen about the CBFC’s letter. “He asked what happens next even if the review committee says no,” Ghosh said. Though the director has the option of then approaching the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, he is hoping that the revising committee will give a fair verdict. “The mail was also copied to Prasoon Joshi. I am hoping that Prasoon will be reasonable,” said Ghosh.