LGBT film ‘ka bodyscapes’ refused certification in Kerala for ‘insulting’ Hinduism

New Delhi: The Censor board has refused to certify movie ‘ka bodyscapes’, a Malayalam film based on Kerala’s LGBT and feminist movements.

The producer and director of the film , Jayan Cherian ,has said that he will move the Kerala high court against the Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) refusal to certify the public screening of the film.

‘Ka bodyscapes’, which is set in Calicut, revolves around the lives of two gay man and a woman .

The film was denied clearance by the CBFC in April this year saying the film contained “sensitive gay scenes, use of derogatory words against women and vulgar dialogues”. At the time, the CBFC did not give Cherian a rejection letter; instead, it referred the film to a revising committee.

Pratibha A, the regional officer of the Censor Board, in a letter, wrote to Cherian, saying that the film was being refused a censor certificate because the revising committee “felt that the entire content of the Malayalam feature film Ka Body Scapes is ridiculing, insulting and humiliating Hindu religion, in particular portraying Hindu Gods in poor light. Derogatory words are used against women. The Hindu god, Hanuman is shown as coming in the books titledI am a Gay and other homosexual books.”

Here is a copy of letter from the CBFC 

The release of the Jayan Cherian-directed film had been stalled for some months now.

Stating that the makers are planning to move court against the Board’s decision, Jayan Cherian said, “the CBFC treats being gay as being ‘criminal’, the film is a same-sex love story, of course, there are several gay characters in it... We believe that we have a right to make our films according to our artistic convictions, and we are not ready to take any editorial advice from the state... It is unfortunate that CBFC is being used as a tool to propagate homophobia and sexual bigotry.”

Ka Bodyscapes is the story of a painter named Haris, Vishnu, a rural kabaddi player and Haris’ lover, and their friend Sia, a woman from a conservative Muslim family questioning patriarchal norms.