Let us take a step back from the Udta Punjab debate, from what the film is about, from what the censor board has reasoned out, from all the prime time space it has occupied and let us change the questions and direction of the debate itself. The two sides of the debate are freedom of speech and expression & questioning of the credibility of Mr. Nihlani on one side, the need for regulation of words, real time issues as pointed out by the censor board chief. Let us add the third dimension to the debate, is there a requirement of the Censor Board at all ?
Why should we do away with Censor Board itself?
1. INDIA IS THE LEADER – Indians are one of the largest consumers of movies both national and of other language and Bollywood being by large the biggest movie industry by the number of movies which come out annually, India and Indians should set the trend for the world to follow and not the other way round.
2. WE ARE IN THE DIGITAL AGE – We are at a time of a massive internet boom where information, videos, and entertainment are all available at fingertips. All that could be possibly banned is available on the internet. It includes communally sensitive, videos with ill language, obscenity etc. None has sparked any large-scale public unrest. If content is already available unedited and uncensored on the internet, why are we wasting prime time debate space, time and resources on censorship? shouldn’t we do away with it?
3. UDTA PUNJAB IS AN EYE OPENER – Udta Punjab, the cuts recommended by the censor board and the 19th-century debate which has ensued is an eye opener on many counts.
a. It is quite appalling to know a filmmaker after all the problems he/she has to face wrt financing a movie and completing it with a hope to reach the audience and earn out of it will be interrupted by individuals who played no role in the making of the movie.
b. Film producers have committed suicide in the past due to poor performances of movies, not allowing a movie to release could have disastrous consequences for producers and artists. Maybe Anurag Kashyap given his track record and resources, he might be able to bounce back but for others, it’s a question mark.
The way forward, if at all censor board is required they can rate the movie as to the age limits of viewers who can be allowed to see the movie adding to giving their comments on the amount of violence and other unadvisable content present it the movie. These comments could be made public so that the public could make an informed choice as to whether it could go for a movie or not.
We request our beloved readers, passionate movie goers and all to give their valuable feedback on if you agree that Censor Board can be done away with or it could stay with the powers to comment and rate on the movie or the status quo to be maintained.
It’s so easy to say, “Follow your heart” or “Follow your dreams” but when one actually tries to take that leap of liberty, the society reinforces its shackles. In myriad ways, the age-old traditions come to stop the dreams of the youth. This is more manifest in the case of girls and women. However, passion can’t be contained and restrained for long.
This is the story of Roshni Misbah. Breaking stereotypes, she aspires to be a professional racer. Her journey has been tough, to say the least. Consider this, a hijab-wearing woman riding a sports bike with panache on the Indian roads amid stares, taunts and jeers.
The parents at home know too that society will be unkind and hesitant to accept someone who is flouting the age-old norms. Perhaps, this is why the parents resort to worry and scoldings. However, if the fire of liberty has been lit inside an individual, then it’s only a matter of time before they will rise like a phoenix, gloriously new-born from the ashes.
Roshni has covered over 15,000 km riding more than 60 bikes. She shares, “The sight of a girl on a sports bike deeply dents egos of some men and the taunts start.” It’s not easy to follow one’s dream if there are self-proclaimed proprietors of ‘decency’ at every nook and corner. Yet, Roshni stands tall.
It’s not easy to stand up to your parents and then face the issues they warned you about from society. Is it not right to follow one’s dreams and one’s own heart? If people do not break stereotypes, then all the potential for achievement and innovation will die unfulfilled. If doing something does not break a law, then what gives the right to anyone to comment and object to it?
This is the 21st century. Till when we will allow ourselves to be controlled by the whims and desires of those whose opinions deserve no merit or consideration. If this is not the right time for talented and courageous women to take a stand, then when will that time come.
“When I will walk, you will stare. When I will lose, you will laugh at me, taunt me. But, at the speed of 234 km/h, I wouldn’t hear all this,” says an undaunted Roshni. It’s time we show our support to their leap of liberty and as a society, we come together and say #ChalBadhChal.
The Logical Indian commends the passion and spirit of Roshni Misbah and appreciates Leap 7X by Liberty Shoes for bringing up this story.