Nearly two months after his party faced a drubbing in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder-president and actor turned politician Kamal Haasan on Tuesday joined the campaign against Central government’s proposed Cinematograph Act 2021.
The proposed amendments to the Cinematograph Act 1952 would give powers to the Center to re-examine films even after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has cleared it.
Apart from Haasan, many people associated with the film world are criticizing this decision by saying that the amended law will give the Centre powers that might threaten freedom of expression – a constitutional right in the country.
Urging the people to express their concern about freedom, he tweeted that people associated with cinema, media and literature cannot afford to be India’s three iconic monkeys. Seeing, hearing and speaking about evil is the only medicine against attempts to hurt and weaken democracy. In his tweet, he requested the people to raise their concern for freedom and liberty and to act on it.
In another tweet, he said the government had issued a notification regarding the inclusion of the new provision. In this, the government was given the power to change the decision.
Last week, the Center had released the draft bill and sought feedback from the people. For this, time was given till July 2.
The government’s notification said the draft bill adds a provision to grant revisionary powers to the government on account of violation of Section 5B (1) – which deals with principles for guidance in certifying films — of the 1952 Act.
Haasan had already spoken about leaving cinema for politics in April. He had said, If he become a hindrance in his political career, he would have leave cinema after completing his current film.
He said that his entry into politics is historic as he is among the 30% people who have stayed away from politics..