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CBFC can't tell us what to make: Pookutty

Resul Pookutty

By HT

New Delhi, April 29 -- Academy Award-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty is the latest from the film industry to get miffed with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The 43-year-old, who was behind sound designing for the film, Unfreedom - which has been banned in India by CBFC - tells us that he is not a big fan of the way the board functions. "I think there is some confusion regarding how CBFC functions. It is a certification authority. They cannot dictate to an artist what he or she can or cannot make. So I am confused about a board that is dictating terms to an artist," he says.

"As an artist, I prefer the rating system. It's a much better system. When you have rated a film as adult, you don't need to edit out anything from it," adds Pookutty, who was also the sound designer for the BBC documentary, India's Daughter, which was also banned in India.

The editor-producer argues that while other countries, too, have banned films, unlike in India, their audience is given a proper explanation for the ban. "If the government finds something worth putting a ban on, then it will. And I agree with that. I mean, we might have banned some 100 films in the last 70 years. America has banned more films than that. France even more. But when they ban a film, they tell people why they are doing so," Pookutty says.

"Seriously, what is it that we should be deprived of ? The authorities have to take the trouble of explaining it to people. And India is democracy, they have to tell us why they are not happy with the release of the particular film," he adds.