Today, the West Bengal Government was fined Rs. 20 lakh by the top court for imposing a “virtual ban” on the public screening of Bhobishyoter Bhoot. Last month, the Supreme Court had asked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government to ensure that the comedy film is screened without any obstruction.
A day after its release, the movie Bhobishyoter Bhoot had disappeared from the movie halls on February 15. The movie was labeled by those who have considered it as a dark satire on the state politicians and politics of every hue in the state.
The top court has asked the state government to pay off the amount to theatre owners, who were reported stopped from screening the movie directed by Anik Dutta from almost all single screens and multiplexes theatres earlier.
The court was hearing a plea by the producer of the film, which reported that the movie was taken down from a majority of theatres at the orders of the state authorities.
The justice-bench, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud has considered that this kind of action in the movie was a serious matter wherein, intolerance used by the state against artistic freedom.
When CM Banerjee was enquired about the disappearance of the movie, had snapped, “Don’t ask me such questions.” The film producers had informed the top court that the censor board had cleared the movie and no one had the right to restrict its screening.
Last month, popular Bengali Actor Soumitra Chatterjee and Aparna Sen took to the streets of Kolkata, to show protest the muzzling of a movie.
The movie Bhobishyoter Bhoot revolves around a group of ghosts, which include a politician, who assembles at refugee camps and trying to be relevant in contemporary times.