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Censor Board bans Kaadhal Arangam

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By: Settu Shankar
Monday, April 30, 2007
The Indian Censor Board banned the film Kaadhal Arangam, in which open sex in the family and nudity has been emphasized. The film is produced and directed by Velu Prabhakaran. He launched the film nearly 3 years ago with a new face actress Sherly Dass playing the female lead role. Velu himself appeared in the film as Periyar E.V.Ramasamy in a few scenes. Sherly appeared completely nude in 5 scenes in the film and there were two "open-air" sex scenes also in the film.

Velu had completed this film in 2004 but he couldn't release the film in India due to the objections by Censor Board. After the rejection by the Censor Board in Chennai, Velu took film to the Delhi tribunal for review. The tribunal had watched the movie last week under the chairmanship of Shobha Dixit and discussed various aspects of the film over the past 5 days. Many of the board members objected to the abrupt nudity and sexual inter course of the hero and heroine. Finally they decided to reject the certification for Kaadhal Arangam and recommended the Government to ban the film from being screened anywhere in India.

Today after he got to hear about the ban, we asked Velu Prabhakaran on what he would do next. He replied in anger: 'It is purely the massacre on the freedom of expression that has been achieved by banning my film. I made the film with the intention of educating my audience with the need to curb the crime rate (through good cinema). But nobody understands the point that I am trying to make through the film. They are running away from the main cause of the film. It will never take advantage of youngsters to make my film a success.

He added, "Sex is not a sin. Whenever we try to hide it from young people, they will eventually get their way and get exposed to it in other ways. So we should be open about it to everybody...that is the root story of the movie. I will go to the Supreme Court to get the film released! The director has decided to move the Apex Court to revoke the ban and get permission to screen the film.

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