Ashvin Kumar’s ‘No Fathers in Kashmir' gets U/A certificate

Sakal Times
Monday, 11 March 2019

Ashvin Kumar said in a statement, “10 years ago in my film Inshallah Football, I had warned that allienating the youth of Kashmir would have catastrophic consequences. Censorship of the truth about Kashmir has caused a crisis of compassion, amplifying misguided fears of ordinary Indians towards ordinary Kashmiris."

Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar’s No Father’s in Kashmir has been given U/A certificate by Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), the APEX body which governs the final matters of certification of films in India. After making the suggested changes, the film will reach the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for the final stamp.

What started as a regular filing for a censor certificate in July 2018, has turned out to become an eight month-long effort. After challenging the CBFC decision to give the film an ‘A’ certificate, which the makers found unjustified basis the content of their movie, they moved to FCAT first in November 2018 with a hearing in December the same year, and later in January this year, says a source. 

Ashvin, who has been an Oscar nominee for his short film Little Terrorist and won a National Award, is ecstatic.  He said in a statement, “10 years ago in my film Inshallah Football, I had warned that allienating the youth of Kashmir would have catastrophic consequences. Censorship of the truth about Kashmir has caused a crisis of compassion, amplifying misguided fears of ordinary Indians towards ordinary Kashmiris. Keeping 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.”

It is a love story of two 16-year-olds in search for their fathers who have gone missing in the valley, and stars Soni Razdan, Anshuman Jha and Kulbushan Kharbanda.

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