We should stop treating audiences as children: Farhan Akhtar on Padmavati, IFFI row

The latest victims of the attack on creative freedom are two regional films that have been pulled by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry from the government-sponsored International Film Festival of India without taking into consideration the opinion of the fest’s jury.

Marathi film Nude and Malayalam movie S Durga, dropped by the centre from IFFI, were selected by the jury, which ironically is appointed by the ministry.

Besides these two movies, there is Bollywood film Padmavati, which has been attacked without fail this year. From director Sanjay Leela Bhansali being slapped, to its set being vandalised to now threats of ban and more violence.

Condemning the treatment meted out to these works of art, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar at an event on Tuesday said that the audiences’ intelligence should not be underestimated and they should be shown films that encourage them to understand culture and think.

“It’s not about just those two films or Padmavati. This has happened with many films in the past and every time it has happened, I have spoken openly about it that it should not happen. I am totally against anything being banned. I genuinely believe that we should stop treating our audiences as children.”

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