Gay themed film “Amen” denied permission by Censor Board
Acclaimed gay themed short film “Amen”, by Ranadeep Bhattacharya and Judhajit Bagchi has been denied permission to be certified by the Censor Board. According to Harish Iyer, in association with whom the movie was made, even an “A” certificate was denied because the film contained a same-sex love making scene.
“They wanted us to delete certain scenes, even for an A certificate.” he said. Not just that, after he blogged on this issue, the Censor Board officials took a tougher stand and even pulled up the director of the film for trying to make it a public issue.
“However, we will not take this issue lying down. We’ll make sure people know about it.” Harish added. “We don’t need a UA certificate. We don’t want to show this film to children. They have told us to cut Gay-love making scenes for an A certificate. That’s how much they undervalue the average indian adult who otherwise get their dose of heterosexual sex and choiciest of swears in ‘A’ certified films… This is a clear case of Homophobia and Ignorance about queer issues. Wish the censors grow up to the fact that discrimination will not be taken lying down. What’s okay in heterosexual love making, should be the same for homosexual ones.”
The film has already been screened at several film festivals in India and abroad, and has been well received by audiences and critics for its sensitive portrayal of gay relationships and child sex abuse. According to Shobha De, “Amen is a brave and honest effort to portray the complexity, anxiety and eventual acceptance of gay sexuality in an urban context. It is delicate, savage, tender and touching.”
The film is also scheduled to be screened at the upcoming Bangalore Queer Film festival on 25th February.