The authorities of Ravenshaw College in Cuttack in Odisha, who needed to drop two movies— ‘Homosexual India Matrimony’ and ‘Had Anhad’— to be screened on the first-ever movie pageant on the college, mentioned they needed to scrap the flicks to keep away from any “bother” on the campus.

The movie pageant, scheduled for 3 days from March 2, was first scrapped and later allowed after the 2 movies on queer and non secular themes had been faraway from the record following objection from a gaggle of scholars with alleged Proper-wing affiliations. The movie pageant ended Saturday.

The scholars reportedly opposed the screening of the 2 motion pictures citing that they’re in opposition to Indian tradition.

Chairperson of the century-old college’s cultural council Dr Urmishree Bedamatta mentioned the College authorities had completely no objection to the screening of any movie.

“The 2 motion pictures had been dropped from the record of movies to be screened due to some objection from a gaggle of scholars. We didn’t need any escalation on the campus. For the reason that organisers (additionally college students) had labored very laborious for the movie pageant, we simply needed to carry it with none bother,” Bedamatta informed The Indian Express.

The organisers had taken due permission from the College administration for the movie pageant and had additionally briefed in regards to the record of movies to be screened and in regards to the audio system collaborating within the movie pageant.

Bedamatta denied to remark when requested whether or not the scholars who raised objection to the 2 movies belong to any political social gathering however mentioned they’re additionally college students of the college.

Neither the college authorities nor the cultural council filed any police grievance in opposition to anybody for such an objection. “We had knowledgeable the police to ensure that the movie pageant be held with none problem,” she added.

The movie pageant was focussed on filmmaker Satyajit Ray because the organisers additionally put up an exhibition in his reminiscence. Ray’s masterpieces ‘Pather Panchali’ was screened Friday whereas ‘Charulata’ was screened Saturday.

Subha Sudarsan Nayak, secretary of the college’s movie society, a college students’ physique, mentioned they’d nothing flawed as all of the movies listed for screening in the course of the three-day occasion, together with the 2 which had been dropped, had been censor licensed.

“Had they (Proper-wing college students) any objection, they need to have challenged the censor board determination. Additionally, those that raised objections had made evaluations of their very own with out even watching the flicks. They need to have watched the flicks and took part in an open home dialogue about their objection with the filmmakers, who additionally participated,” Nayak informed The Indian Specific.

Nayak mentioned the College authorities ought to have taken a tricky stand in opposition to such strain ways. “Hours earlier than the scheduled starting of the pageant, we had been stopped. After we met the vice chancellor, he mentioned there was some ‘nameless menace’ in opposition to some movies,” he added.

Vice-chancellor of the Ravenshaw College Sanjay Nayak avoided making any touch upon the difficulty.

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