Kerala HC deprecates CBFC’s refusal to review “KA BODYSCAPES”

The movie ‘Ka Bodyscapes’ has been in the eye of storm for some time. The movie is reportedly dealing with the theme of homosexuality, and has courted several controversies due to its alleged portrayal of Hindu gods in obscene light and contents of nudity.

The film was refused certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), constraining the director-cum-producer-cum-scriptwriter Mr.Jayan Cherian to approach the High Court of Kerala. A single bench of the High Court observed that mere references to homosexuality or sexual act could not be construed as obscenity, and that a film should not be wholly judged as vulgar and obscene on the basis of one or two scenes or expressions.

The single bench held that an attempt should be made to make the film viewable, if at all any objectionable scenes were there, after giving an opportunity to the makers to delete or modify such scenes, rather than banning the film totally. Hence, the Revising Committee of CBFC was directed to review its decision. However the movie was revised by the revision committee instead of the board itself. This was in clear contravention of the division bench orders which had specifically said the board to review.

Therefore, petition for initiation of contempt action was filed against the officials of the CBFC. The court gave another chance to CBFC, and instructed them to review the movie at their own costs within the period of a month.

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