Alia Bhatt’s mom Soni Razdan’s ‘No Fathers In Kashmir’ finally gets UA certificate
Alia Bhatt was seen with her mom Soni Razdan in her last film, ‘Raazi’. While Alia is gearing up for the release of her next film ‘Kalank’, her mom will be seen next in ‘No Fathers In Kashmir’. The film had a long and tough fight with the censor board and finally has emerged victorious with a UA certificate.
Almost over a month ago, director Ashvin Kumar had to screen his film ‘No Fathers In Kashmir’ for the second time to find the right justice for his film’s certification at the FCAT, the apex body which governs the final matters of certification of films in India. What started as a regular filing for a censor, in July 2018 has been a long 8 months, 6 screenings and 7 hearings long process for the makers. Not only them, even the actors had to wait for their film to find justice.
Something that rarely happens was subjected to this film where delay upon delay were given for the certification and eventually leading to a ban on the film. After challenging the CBFC’s decision to give the film an A certificate, which the makers found unjustified based on the content of their movie, they moved to FCAT first in November with a hearing in December and later in January.
FCAT has now after a month of its second screening given its final order on the film asking for a few changes including some cuts and disclaimers. However most importantly the FCAT has vindicated the filmmakers stand that this is a UA film by giving it the proper certification. However the decision currently remains upon the submission to CBFC to give the final certificate to the makers which they’re positive the board will willingly pass and share.
Apart from Soni Razdan, the film also stars Anshuman Jha and Kulbushan Kharbanda and traces the love story of two young 16 year olds who are in search for their fathers who have gone missing in the valley of Kashmir. The root cause of the issue was the A certification given in October despite the film not promoting nudity, hatred, violence, gore or similar A certificate worthy subjects.
The filmmakers are ecstatic now with the new development, especially director Ashvin Kumar who has previously been an Oscar nominee for his short, ‘Little Terrorist’ and has even won two national awards for his feature films ‘Inshallah Football’ and ‘Inshallah Kashmir’.
Speaking about the victory, director Ashvin Kumar said, “10 years ago in my film ‘Inshallah Football’ I had warned that alienating 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.”