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Change will happen if women start motivating each other: Malaika Arora

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Actress Malaika Arora says that she has been brought up in a household where she was always taught to express herself freely and this is what she expects from others too. For her, freedom of expression is essential for both men and women and change will happen if women start motivating each other. When asked what motivates her girl squad that includes Ka...

1 day ago
Questions on freedom of expression arise before elections: Irani

Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday maintained that questioning freedom of expression and its association with films are mostly PR stunts, and such topics are raised before elections. Irani was on Saturday present at the 'We The Women' conference, where she was in conversation with filmmaker Karan Johar and producer Ekta Kapoor.

6 days ago
Berlin exhibition questions CIA's influence on global art scene

Berlin, Dec 4 (IANS) A new exhibition in the German capital of Berlin is charting out how CIA-front organisations enlisted the art world in a propaganda war between two ideologies, which came to be known as the battle for Picassos mind, a media report said on Monday. The exhibition titled Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War, is on display at the historic House of World Cultur...

9 days ago
If not now then when? Living the Great Indian Dream

There's talk that the country has lost track and is headed in a direction not envisaged by those who fought for our independence from colonial rule. Those growing up today are faced with the unnerving challenge to thrive against all future obstacles -- increasing population, decreasing jobs and unmatched inflation -- that, they are told, awaits them. Yet we are doing fine. In fact, we ar...

10 days ago
Global press freedom plunges to lowest level in a decade: Study

London, Nov 30 (IANS) Global media freedom has fallen to the lowest level in at least a decade, according to a study that shows journalists are threatened by government censorship, organised crime and commercial pressures caused by the growth of the Internet. Turkey has experienced the biggest decline in freedom of speech over the past decade but Brazil, Burundi, Egypt, Poland, Venezuela...

11 days ago
'Padmavati' row 'dangerous' in the foreign film world's eyes

Panaji, Nov 29 (IANS) They don't know fact from fiction about fabled Rajput queen Padmavati, but the uproar over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has made visiting international movie talent here sit up and take note of how autocratic and dangerous voices and actions are infringing on freedom of expression in India's film industry. Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi and Toronto Internationa...

12 days ago
Unesco condemns Indian reporter, Nigerian lensman's killing

Paris, Nov 28 (IANS/AKI) United Nations culture organisation Unesco on Tuesday condemned Indian journalist Sudip Dutta Bhaumik's slaying last week in northeastern India, calling it the ultimate form of censorship and urging his killer to be brought to justice. Journalists make a fundamental contribution to society by providing information which nurtures enlightened public debate, said Un...

14 days ago
The controversy over 'Padmavati' alarming for democracy: film fraternity

Mumbai, Nov 26 (IANS) A large number of members of the film and entertainment industry gathered here on Sunday to express their support to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming Padmavati, and question the status of freedom of speech and expression in India's democracy when a caste group like the Karni Sena could constantly threatening the filmmakers and travel nationwide to stop its release. ...

14 days ago
'Manto' more relevant today than ever: Rasika Dugal

Panaji, Nov 26 (IANS) At a time when artistes in India are fighting for freedom of expression, actress Rasika Dugal says her upcoming film Manto, which traces the life of Urdu short story writer Sadat Hassan Manto, unfortunately resonates with the current wave of dissent and emotions. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama Padmavati has been facing protests from Hindu groups backed by ...

15 days ago
Physical threats unacceptable: Naidu on 'Padmavati' row

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said physical threats and obstruction of filmmakers were unacceptable in a democracy and urged those opposing the release of film Padmavati to protest peacefully and lawfully. Physical threats and physical obstruction of filmmakers is not acceptable. Protesters should protest lawfully, peacefully, Naidu said at the ina...

16 days ago
Film industry plans 15-minute 'blackout' in support of 'Padmavati'

Mumbai, Nov 25 (IANS) Amid protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Padmavati, the Indian Films and TV Directors' Association (IFTDA), along with 20 other bodies of the film and television industry, is planning a 15-minute blackout in support of the film and to protect the right to freedom of expression of creative individuals. Confirming the plan, Ashoke Pandit of IFTDA to...

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We live in a time of strict censorship: Actress Rohini

Panaji, Nov 24 (IANS) Censorship is not just for cinema but literature too in contemporary India, National Award-winning actress Rohini said on Friday, while also claiming that the chaos following protests against Padmavati was also being used to divert attention from real crises in the country. Rohini was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 48th International Film Festival of...

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Atmosphere of fear in India today, says 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' writer

Panaji, Nov 23 (IANS) Claiming there was an atmosphere of fear prevalent in India, Ranjit Kapoor, dialogue writer for one of Indian cinema's iconic masterpieces Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, on Thursday said that if the low-budget cult film were to be made today, its makers would be beaten up. The situation is such now, that if Kundan was alive and we had decided that we will make another 'JBDY',...

17 days ago
Selective outrage over films is wrong, says Bhandarkar

Panaji, Nov 23 (IANS) Selective outrage over films is wrong, National Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said on Thursday, claiming that those who are backing Sanjay Leela Bhansali over his controversy-marred film Padmavati did not support him when his Indu Sarkar came under fire. I said very often that when it came to my film, the selective outrage attitude of people over films i...

17 days ago
'Padmavati' issue scary for all of us: Vinod Kapri

Panaji, Nov 23 (IANS) As protests against Padmavati gather steam all across India, Pihu director Vinod Kapri finds the issue scary for a citizen as well as a filmmaker. He says the government needs to take a stand and protect freedom of expression. The 'Padmavati' issue is really concerning. It is scary for all of us, as a citizen and as a filmmaker also. If we as a nation treat a legend...

18 days ago
Padmavati row is about Hindutva cultural repression: CPI-M

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) The way the film Padmavati is being pilloried and the director and the main actor threatened with beheading shows how mob rule has become one of the hallmarks of Modi raj, the CPI-M has said. No artistic or cultural production is safe from the chauvinist mobs unless they conform to the sectarian-reactionary values of the Hindutva forces, CPI-M journal People's De...

19 days ago
Chouhan should apologise for banning Padmavati: Rajesh Joshi

Bhopal, Nov 21 (IANS) Award winning poet and author of the verse anthology 'Do Panktiyon Ke Beech' (Between Two Lines) Rajesh Joshi has questioned the Madhya Pradesh government's decision to ban the movie Padmavati and has demanded an aplogy from the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his attack on the freedom of expression. In an interview with IANS the poet said the contested fig...

19 days ago
'Padmavati' protests much ado about nothing?

It's that time of the year again when our sentiments are hurt, and it is acceptable to temporarily suspend liberal democracy because of it. The latest victim of the now-ubiquitous tyranny of hurt sentiments has been Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, which has been accused of twisting historical facts. After a series of unfortunate events over the last week pertaining to the movie, which involved...

19 days ago
Aadhaar linking problematic: Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday reiterated her criticism of the problematic linking of Aadhaar and the alleged disclosure of personal data on government web sites. Linking of Aadhaar is very problematic. In the name of Aadhaar Card, details have been put out on 210 government web sites. This is dangerous for individual liberty, the society and...

20 days ago
CMs Shivraj, Amarinder jump on anti-'Padmavati' wagon, Mamata says attack on freedom of expression

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Even as the release of Padmavati has been deferred, three Chief Ministers on Monday jumped into the controversy with Madhya Pradesh's Shivraj Singh Chouhan announcing a ban on the film in his state, while his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh backed the Rajput community in its protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama that is mired in controversy.

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