Ashvin Kumar’s Kashmir Film Finally Gets UA Certificate

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SRINAGAR: After putting in a fierce battle to avoid the ‘A’ (only for adults) certificate, India’s national award-winning film director Ashvin Kumar finally got U/A – unrestricted public exhibition subject to parental guidance for children below the age of twelve, certificate from the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).

Ashvin Kumar shooting his Kashmir film

The Tribunal, however, has suggested a few cuts and disclaimers in the film No Fathers In Kashmir, which is about contemporary Kashmir.

The filmmaker had submitted the film for certification in October but after the CBFC gave the film A certificate, Kumar moved the Tribunal. In between, he lost eight months.

No Fathers in Kashmir remained embroiled in controversy for all these months. Based in Kashmir, the film follows the love story of two teenagers who are searching for their missing fathers. It took two hearing at the Tribunal to change the CBFC assessment.

The film has Alia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan in its cast. It also features Anshuman Jha and Kulbushan Kharbanda in pivotal roles. “It’s a film about empathy & compassion… let’s give love a chance!” Alia Bhatt wrote on Twitter.

IANS quoted CBFC Regional Officer Tushar Karmakar saying: “FCAT has asked the filmmaker to make some changes, and if these are found okay, CBFC will give a go-ahead to the film.”

“10 years ago in my film Inshallah Football, I had warned that alienating the youth of Kashmir would have catastrophic consequences,” Ashvin was quoted saying. “Censorship of the truth about Kashmir has caused a crisis of compassion, amplifying misguided fears of ordinary Indians towards ordinary Kashmiris. Keeping the public away from information and truth is such a myopic policy – it only breeds more hostility when the need of the hour is empathy leading to peace. Anyone who genuinely wants peace will understand that we must first stop censoring films that tell the truth about Kashmir”.

‘How can you suppress a whole state or a whole community, and for how long?’

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