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Kerala HC allows screening of Anand Patwardhan’s Vivek despite Centre’s objection


The information and broadcasting ministry had denied the film's screening at the ongoing International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala [IDSFFK].

Our Correspondent

The Kerala high court yesterday granted permission for the screening of filmmaker Anand Patwardhan’s documentary Vivek (Reason) at the ongoing International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK). 

The information and broadcasting ministry had denied permission for the film to be shown in the festival as it believed the screening could cause ‘law and order issue.’ The film looks at the crimes committed by right wing organizations, like the murders of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh. It also features atrocities committed against Dalits and the infamous Dadri lynching. 

The bench headed by justice Shaji P Chaly allowed the film to be screened under Clause 2(1) of the guidelines for certification of films for festivals. But he also made it clear that the documentary cannot be screened at any other public place. 

The petition was filed to grant the screening by the organizer of the festival Kerala State Chalachitra Academy and Patwardhan himself. Films screened in festivals do not need certification from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) but need censor exemption from the I & B ministry. 

The film was supposed to be screened on 24 June, but will now be screened today, 26 June.