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Shekhar Kapur gets candid at FICCI FLO event in Delhi

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Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur today said there should be no censorship for anyone above the age of 16.

The director, who was in the city for a panel discussion with FICCI Ladies Organisation, said if a person can vote, he can censor a film too.

When asked him about censor board chief Leela Samson’s resignation and the debate surrounding the clearance given to controversial film ‘Messenger of God’, Kapur said he did not know what the movie was about.

“I heard that Leela Samson has resigned. I don’t know anything about the film. I just found the trailer very amusing but I don’t know what the controversy is all about,” he told reporters.

The ‘Mr India’ director, who faced trouble with Central Board of Film Certification during his 1996 film ‘Bandit Queen’, said a mature mind does not need a governing authority.

“If we can handle mature things in a sensible way, then we can handle a film too. If a person can vote and is mature enough to select a government, then he or she is certainly mature enough to judge or see a film.

“We say people under 16 cannot watch certain films because they are not mature. Let’s not have censorship for anybody above 16 because they are more mature than censor,” Shekhar, 69, said.

Samson and another CBFC member Ira Bhaskar resigned as the controversy over the clearance of the Dera Sacha Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s film snowballed.

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Shekhar Kapur gets candid at FICCI FLO event in Delhi
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