Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to answer as to why Bhobishyoter Bhoot-a Bengali socio-political satirical film has been taken down from movie halls in the state under alleged instruction of the police.
“I will not answer. Don’t ask me this question,” Banerjee told a reporter during a news conference at state secretariat Nabanna this afternoon.
She was addressing the media to highlight RSS-BJP’s alleged ploy to incite riots by exploiting the Pulwama terror attack. The question was asked towards the end of presser.
Mamata Banerjee’s refusal to answer the question on suspension of screening of Bhobishyoter Bhoot comes even as she happens to be the state’s home as well as information & cultural affairs minister.
Also, it indicates that her government is not paying a heed to the sit-in by movie buffs at state-owned Star Theatre yesterday and, the advice by veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee to retract from the “fascist policy” of stopping the screening of a movie.
“I strongly condemn such fascist policy even if they stay undercover. I hope that those responsible for this will realise that this is undemocratic and will make amends,” Chatterjee had said in a hand-scribbled protest letter that was read out at the sit-in.
Bhobishyoter Bhoot, a film directed by Anik Dutta released to packed-theatres on 15 February. This is because his previous film, Bhooter Bhobishyot (Future of the Ghosts), released in 2012, had received high accolades.