Monday, October 18, 2004
"In his brief and aborted career as Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Anupam Kher, tended to behave as if he were the custodian of Indian morality. His attitude was redolent of prudishness and he was an unapologetic votary of a tough form of censorship. His statements suggested he was in favour of, or at least comfortable with, the National Democratic Alliance Government's attempts at moral policing."
"At a different level, Mr. Kher's exit raises two issues. The first relates to the need for those who decide what films the public should see to adopt a more liberal and progressive attitude. ... The second issue relates to the need to ensure that appointments to Censor Boards are apolitical and that their functional autonomy is not impaired in any way. A bumbling but autonomous Censor Board is better than a system where the Government decides which films can be screened in cinemas and which will remain in the cans."