Exclusive: Even After 6 Months, No Censor Certificate For Short Film On Muzaffarnagar Riot Victims
'Sometimes they ask us for the Aadhaar card, at other times they ask us to submit a copy of the application, so they are just delaying the process,' the director said.
New Delhi: The Colour of My Home, a short film which focuses on the loss of one’s home and identity post-riots, has not received a censor certificate even six months after the application.
Set around the victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, the film directed by Farah Naqvi and Sanjay Barnela is strangled by red tape at the censor board office. “We have applied for the certificate in April. Sometimes they ask us for the Aadhaar card, at other times they ask us to submit a copy of the application, so they are just delaying the process,” Barnela told News Central24x7.com.
Speaking about the film, Barnela underlined that they are not targeting the government or any particular community and that their intention is only to reflect upon the “scars that hate and violence leave on the human soul” and “the efforts that one has to make to rebuild a new home”.
“The government gives a certain amount of money and asks the victims to build another house in a different area. In many cases, they ghettoise the people and force them to live only with their community members. Why is that so? All the communities co-exist in a village and just one incident changes everything. It is not easy to rebuild another home, and a new life,” Barnela added.
The director also spoke about the bittersweet ‘positive’ consequences of the riots and rehabilitation. For instance, a Muslim woman character in the film says cheerfully, “Parda to humne ussi din chod diya tha jab hume ghar se deewar kud ke bhagna pada.” (We stopped doing the purdah the day we had to escape our homes by climbing walls.)
The film, which was screened privately, received acclaim from individuals like feminist historian Uma Chakravarti, professor Ira Bhaskar, and human rights activist Harsh Mander. “This is a gentle, reflective film about the unhealed wounds of hate, displacement, betrayal, and loss,” Mander said. It is produced by Sadbhavna Trust, Hunnarshala Foundation and Srishti Films – Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
Five years ago, in September 2013, the Muzaffarnagar riots between Hindu Jats and Muslims claimed more than 60 lives and displaced over 50,000 people.