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Parvathy’s campus film Varthamanam has been rejected for screening by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) regional office in Kerala. Directed by Sidhartha Siva, the film revolves around Parvathy’s character, who goes to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to research a freedom fighter.
Aryadan Shoukath, screenwriter and congress director of Varthamanam, told The News Minute: “It is directed against the JNU campus in Delhi and the student movement there. It shows how they all come together despite political differences and shows very worldly ideas. “
“We received a notice from the board that the film had been sent to a review committee. No reason was mentioned in it, ”added Shoukath.
On Sunday, BJP chairman and censorship board Adv V Sandeep Kumar tweeted about Varthamanam and said it was anti-national in nature and could disturb the peace. The tweet has since been deleted.
The tweet read: “I saw the movie Varthamanam as a member of the censorship. The subject was the persecution of Dalits and Muslims in the JNU agitation. I spoke out against it. Since Aryadan Shoukath was the writer and producer of the film, the subject of the film was of course anti-national. “
The screenwriter Aryadan Shoukath responded to Sandeep Kumar’s now deleted post and responded via a Facebook post: “How is it anti-national when you talk about the student protests on a campus in Delhi, about the struggle for democracy in India? It’s all there in censorship board member and BJP leader Adv V Sandeep’s tweet. We still live in a country that is a democratic, secular, socialist republic. Do you check the screenwriter’s clan and race before you give permission to review? I cannot accept the non-registered emergency situation in the cultural area. “
Varthamanam’s first poster, published by Mammootty in March, featured a hijab clad Parvathy. The film also stars Roshan Mathew and Dain Davis.