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Author: Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

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Film Expression and Censorship in India: Udta Punjab and Lipstick under my Burkah (Part 3)

Continued from Part 2, read part 2 by clicking here. Select Censorship Cases Religion, Women, Drugs, Decency, public order, Sovereignty and Integrity, all form the basis for CBFC's decision with respect to Udta Punjab, Had Anhad and Lipstick under the Burkah films. The disputes and controversies around the said films reflect the subjectivity inherent in CBFC's assessment and judgment. The fact that the Courts reversed all excisions made by the CBFC in two of the cases leads one to conclude that the decision making process of CBFC may not only be subjective, but also arbitrary. Udta Punjab Case[8] Written and directed by Abhishek Chaubey,...

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Film Expression and Censorship in India: Film Certification Principles, CBFC Guidelines and Principles (Part 2)

The featured image reads "The worst thing about censorship is (the text after this line is blocked with a black tape". This image very aptly indicates censorship. To read more click here.

Continued from Part 1, read part 1 by clicking here. Film Certification Principles The guidelines issued by the Central Government under the Act and the principles therein guide the CBFC in forming opinions and making decisions with respect to certification.[7]  The Guidelines expound the permissible restrictions under the constitution and the provisions of the Act. They broadly capture the principles based on which prior restraint may be imposed on films submitted for certification. Guidelines and Principles The CBFC will not give a certificate for public  exhibition of the film or a part if it: is against the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India; ...

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Film Expression and Censorship in India: An Introduction (Part 1)

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  Expression in the form of films is unique and special in many ways. Films merge life-like moving pictures, sounds, and other effects to tell a story, or send a message unlike any other form of expression. When the film is shown to a captive audience in a closed, dark environment, with the aid of advanced technology, its impact is heightened substantially. It is believed that one does not experience the same euphoria, emotion and engagement if the same film is seen on a television or computer at home. The impact of the film is therefore presumed to be higher when...

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Is it really time to break Patents in India?

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Today morning, The Hindu carried a well-articulated article by Shamnad entitled 'Time to break in India.' If you were to read the piece in isolation, you would be convinced about the futility of the patent system, and would probably take up arms against it. Shamnad's conviction and ability to convince is of the highest order, but with due respect, we disagree with him. We do not disagree because of business interests, personal biases, or misplaced beliefs; we disagree because his analysis simply does not make sense. The first line of the article states: "Inefficient: Patents breed uncertainty of an order that is...

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