A big controversy has broken out on Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan's documentary named Vivek that has not being given a nod by the I & B ministry, following which he attacked the Modi government.
Claiming that the freedom of expression died the day BJP came to power, Patwardhan said:
"It is a very sad situation that I face all the time, faced it even under previous govt. But under the previous govt, we always fought it out and won our battles in court. The situation has become much worse since the time BJP came to power. When BJP came to power freedom of expression is suppressed much more and what happened yesterday is an example of that. Kerala festival selected the movie but govt said you cannot show it. They didn't even tell on time, because they thought to tell this at the last minute will ensure we cannot go to the courts."
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Responding to the claim, another filmmaker Ashok Pandit said:
"All these people like him abusing the country is freedom of expression. Abusing Narendra Modi and abusing the country on the international forum is their bread and butter. So now when Modi has come to power they know their days have ended. I call them a white-collar terrorist."
Meanwhile, overruling the objections of Centre, the High Court of Kerala has passed an order allowing the screening of Anand Patwardhan's documentary named 'Reason/Vivek'.
Patwardhan claims that all his documentary films have faced censorship from the Indian government, eventually being cleared after legal action. Patwardhan who was the second petitioner in the case had filed a petition along with festival organiser Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, against the Centre’s refusal to grant permission for the screening.