Bureaucratic bungling!

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 09, 2006 05:21 hrs

The war of ego between the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) and the Animal Welfare Board (AWB) continues over the Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi issue.

The censor board had asked the director of film Simbudevan to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from AWB as per rules. The AWB who is having a running battle with CBFC over many issues, refused to issue an NOC.

Finally in frustration, producer Shankar and Simbudevan approached the Madras High Curt to direct AWB to provide him an NOC as they were refusing to grant it to them. When the case came up for hearing, AWB passed the buck to CBFC and said that they were not competent to issue such an NOC. The CBFC hit back and pointed out that as per a Mumbai court ruling it was mandatory for AWB to provide certificate to movies which used animals. As the bureaucratic hassle continues, Shankar is in a fix. Already, Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi release has been delayed by almost a month.

The film costing nearly Rs 4 Crore is going over-budget due to the delay. After all, what sins did poor Shankar and Simbudevan do by using horses in the film? The bad news is that nobody in future will use any animals or think twice before having background music of birds chirping! Indian censors and AWB is doing the greatest disservice to animals by their high-handed stand on the issue.

Meanwhile the court has adjourned the case to June 13 and directed CBFC and AWB to file a detailed counter on the issue. At the same time, it looks like Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi may be further delayed by at least a fortnight!

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