Even after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused to certify the documentary, ‘The Argumentative Indian,’ based on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, filmmaker Suman Ghosh has uploaded the trailer on Facebook.
CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani objected to four words in the documentary including “cow”, “Gujarat”, “Hindutva” and “Hindu India,” and denied certification until it is being removed. However, the trailer does not contain any of the controversial words mentioned above.
Nihalani has reportedly, refused to allow even the release of the preview as the film has not been approved. It was due to hit the screens on Friday.
Ghosh wrote that he decided to share the trailer as he was not allowed to release the film. “The 14th of July we were supposed to release our film THE ARGUMENTATIVE INDIAN. Of course we were not allowed to. We had prepared a trailer for the release. Please share if you like it. The Tagore poem is recited by Victor Banerjee.”
“And I am indebted to the countrywide support from the people and media,” Ghosh posted on his Facebook page. He shared another post on Saturday with the link of a news report quoting Nihalani as saying that uploading the trailer without certification of the film is “illegal”.
“So now curbs are being made about uploading a trailer on the Internet. Wonder where is all this going. Mr Nihalani’s attack,” Ghosh said.
Watch the trailer below: