Thursday, 13 September 2012

Ban on staging play till Censor Board examines script

From Our Correspondent

Outcome of HJS agitation !

Issue of Marathi play titled ‘Ek Chaavat Sandhyaakal’

Mumbai, 12th Sptember – Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) had submitted representations to various police stations and theatres; as a result, Censor Board for Marathi plays has called for the script of the above vulgar play for re-examination. This will lead to ban on staging of this play from 16th September till the script is re-examined. It is shown in this play that ‘a woman is conducting research on the topic ‘Social, psychological and physical needs for vulgar jokes and abuses’ and she is assisted by a doctor, specialising in sexual diseases and a professor who spend an evening chatting with each other’.

The Censor Board issued a certificate to this play as ‘only for adults’; but it is being criticised by people from every field; however, Mr. F. M. Shinde, the President of the Censor Board had contended that he could not take any action since no complaints were received in writing. (First grant permission to vulgar plays and after it gets criticised; showing ‘over-learnedness’ claim that no complaint is received. This is height of irresponsible behaviour on the part of Mr. Shinde who should be ousted from the post ! – HJS) HJS, therefore, submitted representations to various theatres like ‘Shivaji Mandir’, at Dadar, ‘Ravindra Natya Mandir’, at Prabhadevi, ‘Savitribai Phule Sabhagruh’, at Kalyan, ‘Acharya Atre Rang Mandir’, ‘Gadkari Rangayatan’, Thane and respective local police stations against shows of the above play. After submission of the representations, the Censor Board promptly imposed ban on staging shows of this play till the script is re-examined. Mr. Shivaji Vatkar, the coordinator of HJS said that the Censor Board has committed a big mistake by granting certificate for staging shows of ‘Ek Chavat Sandhyakal’. How could such evil play that insults women be staged? A demand is going to be made by HJS with the Minister for Cultural Affairs that the Censor Board should be immediately dissolved and President F M Shinde be dismissed.

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