When it comes to film and censorship, India works on a different tangent. We still are in an era where films are chopped brutally in name of principals and ‘sanskar’.
With International Film Festival around the corner, it would be interesting to see what kind of content we are open too. These festivals are exempt from censorship around the globe and have the liberty to showcase films from various continents.
All set to begin in Goa in the coming weeks (organised by the government’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting), movie lovers will get to experience a very different world of narration that is way different from our typical Bollywood world. A similar type of festival will also be held in Pune, Kolkata, and Thiruvananthapuram. But how ready are we when it comes to accepting the world view of cinema?
And now the important question is if any of these festivals will open their gate to screen, ‘The Last Painting’, a critically acclaimed Taiwan film based on a temperamental artist and his muses.
The film shows graphical sexual content and thoughts about politics and violence. Well, it goes without saying that the content is pretty gripping.
After having received amazing reviews from the various international film festivals, as per reports, this film has submitted its entry to a few festivals in India as well.
This film is said to be one of the best contemporary Asian films which have various layers and it visually impressive. You have thriller, politics, a murder, AND sex.
However, some even say that when it comes to sex, the film is too graphic in its depiction on screen and that’s not it, you also have same-gender sex scenes. There is also a scene where you see woman’s eyes being pulled out with an instrument which might be too much to handle for the faint-hearted.
One of the reviews said, “At moments graphically grisly, at others sexually raunchy, the film by Chen Hung-I, has a distinct touch of an ’80s erotic thriller, with a complex, sometimes confusing storyline. But it’s crammed with enough ideas to fuel a whole Film Studies course on Genre and Gender, with a glamorous sheen that could take it onto a wider canvas than the Asian distribution scene.”
However, former CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani made it very clear that any film that’s shown in the festivals needs to get a clean chit by the Censor Board, which is ideally against the set rules of the film festivals. Well, his reign has come to an end, but still, that doesn’t brighten up the chances of this film to be screened in India.
There are huge chances that the film might get rejected based on bizarre reasons, after all, we do find reasons to easily get offended and butt-hurt about the mere content of the film. To watch or not to watch should ideally be the viewer’s choice. However, that’s not usually the case here.
What’s left to see is if India is ready to handle a hot and bold film like this yet! Let us know what you think about it.
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Source of news : Mensxp