Onir upset as Doordarshan refuses to telecast "I Am"
Onir is upset that his national award-winning movie "I Am" has been refused a screening on Doordarshan. The film is divided into four stories dealing with issues like homosexuality, child abuse, Kashmir problem and sperm donation.
"Despite having cut seven minutes of the film and all abuses we are refused whereas the same TV shows other much more adult stuff. I am dismayed at the double standards of the Censor board. While its ok to show Satyame Jayate on DD prime time, 'I AM' is refused," Onir tweeted.
"I Am" has been given a U/A certificate and it is necessary to be a U certified film in order to be telecast on DD. "Anyway its a joke that Doordarshan needs a U certificate while all the other satellite channels are allowed UA. "Am angry when so many regressive films screen on DD while a national award film is denied the possibility," said Onir.
His film won the National Award for Best Hindi Film and Best Lyrics this year. "The best gift that DD and Censor board gives the industry while we celebrate 100 years of cinema s 'To Kill Cinema' with redundant policies," Onir tweeted.
The film, starring Rahul Bose, Manisha Koirala and Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri, has already been screened at various national and international film festivals. PTI