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72 Hoorain Trailer Controversy ,CBFC Clarifies

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) issued a statement on Thursday clarifying the status of the film and its trailer titled “Bahattar Hoorain (72 Hoorain).” The board emphasized that it has not refused certification for the film or its trailer, contrary to misleading reports circulating in certain sections of the media.

According to the CBFC’s press release, the film “Bahattar Hoorain (72 Hoorain)” was granted an ‘A’ certification on October 4, 2019. However, the trailer of the film is currently undergoing the necessary process and evaluation, as it was submitted to the CBFC on June 19, 2023. The assessment of the trailer is being conducted in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the Cinematograph Act, 1952, specifically Section SB(2).

The CBFC further explained that the applicant of the film was requested to provide the required documentation. Once the documentation was received, certification was granted with certain modifications. On June 27, 2023, a show cause notice was issued to the applicant/filmmaker, outlining the modifications required. The board is currently awaiting the response and compliance from the applicant.

Therefore, the CBFC emphasized that any misleading reports regarding the refusal of certification should not be entertained or circulated, as the matter is still under due process. The board is committed to following the necessary procedures and guidelines outlined by the Cinematograph Act, 1952, in assessing the film and its trailer.

On Tuesday, Ashoke Pandit, the co-producer of the film ’72 Hoorain,’ made a statement revealing that the censor board had denied certification for the movie’s trailer, which was scheduled for release on July 7.

Pandit took to Instagram and shared a video expressing his astonishment and disbelief regarding the rejection of the trailer’s certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). He described the film as highly anticipated and a recipient of the National Award. The board’s decision came as a surprise and has caused a ripple effect throughout the film industry, igniting discussions and debates concerning creative freedom and censorship.

Pandit’s statement highlights the significant impact of the CBFC’s refusal on the film’s promotional activities and the concerns it raises about the boundaries placed on artistic expression. The controversy surrounding the certification decision has brought the topic of censorship to the forefront, sparking discussions about the balance between creative liberty and regulatory measures in the film industry.

Renowned filmmaker Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, known for his critically acclaimed film ’72 Hoorain’, recently expressed his concerns regarding the creative independence and freedom of expression in the Indian film industry. In a video message, he appealed to Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, and Prasoon Joshi, the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), to address the issue and take action against individuals within the censor body who are undermining these fundamental principles.

In his appeal, Chauhan highlighted the importance of creative independence and the freedom of expression in filmmaking. He expressed his dismay over attempts made by certain individuals within the CBFC to curtail these essential aspects of artistic expression. Chauhan emphasized that such actions not only undermine the creative spirit of filmmakers but also hinder the growth and progress of the Indian film industry as a whole.

Ashoke Pandit, a well-known filmmaker and social activist, lent his support to Chauhan’s plea. In the video, Pandit echoed the concerns raised by Chauhan and urged Anurag Thakur and Prasoon Joshi to take immediate action against those responsible for stifling creative independence and freedom of expression. He emphasized the need to protect and uphold the artistic integrity of filmmakers.

About ’72 Hoorain’:
’72 Hoorain’, directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, is a highly acclaimed film that made its debut at the Indian Panorama section during the 2019 International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. The film received special recognition with the ICFT-UNESCO GANDHI MEDAL Special Mention, reflecting its artistic brilliance and impact. Chauhan’s exceptional direction in the film was further honored with the National Film Award for Best Direction in 2021.

Conclusion:
The appeal made by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan and supported by Ashoke Pandit highlights the significance of creative independence and freedom of expression in the realm of filmmaking. It underscores the need for a conducive environment where filmmakers can freely express their artistic vision without unnecessary hindrances. It is hoped that the relevant authorities will take note of these concerns and ensure that the creative spirit of filmmakers is respected and protected, fostering a vibrant and progressive film industry in India.

 

 

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