Ashvin Kumar's 'No Fathers in Kashmir' finally gets a U/A certification

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 13, 2019, 04.00 PM(IST)

A still from 'No Fathers In Kashmir' Photograph:( WION Web Team )

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The makers were not happy with CBFC's 'A' certification and had appealed to FCAT to clear the film. 

Ashvin Kumar's 'No Fathers in Kashmir' has been embroiled in controversy for a long time and has been facing a major roadblock in terms of certification. 

Based in Kashmir, the film follows the love story of two 16-year-olds who are in search of their fathers who have gone missing. The makers have finally got respite as the film has finally got a U/A certificate by The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). The body has suggested 'No Fathers In Kashmir' is fit for the U/A certificate and asked the makers to incorporate a few cuts and disclaimers in the movie.

The tension between the makers of the film and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) began in July 2018. After the first viewing took place in October, CBFC passed the film with an 'A' certificate. The makers challenged the decision and went to the FCAT in November. Subsequently, two hearings were organised, one in December and another one in January. 

The film stars Soni Razdan, Anshuman Jha and Kulbushan Kharbanda.  The delay in certification happened due to CBFC's refusal top first watch the film and then reverse its 'A' certificate.

Relieved that his film has finally got certification, 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”.