Brave filmmaker finally stands vindicated by FCAT

Filmmaker Ashvin Kumar in centre with actor Shivam Raina and actress Zara Webb (image courtesy: Indiatimes)

Honesty wins, rigidity looses. Ex Oscar nominee and national award winning filmmaker Ashvin Kumar’s NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR finally gets the justice. Ending a period of agony that unnecessarily prolonged to 8 months Ashvin Kumar’s NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR is now eligible for UA certificate as per FCAT (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal) recommendation.

Said to be bold, hard hitting and relevant account, NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR features Soni Razdan, Anshuman Jha and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in pivotal roles. The journey had been a painful struggle for Ashvin Kumar - India’s youngest Oscar nominated filmmaker (LITTLE TERRORIST - 2004), and two time national award-winning filmmaker INSHALLAH, KASHMIR (2012), INSHALLAH FOOTBALL (2010).

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Here is the whole story that tells the truth behind the attitude of CBFC.

What started as a regular filing for a censor, in July 2018 turned into an agonizing saga lasting 8 months, 6 screenings and 7 hearings! A close source on condition of anonymity reveals that the certification process was unnecessarily delayed eventually leading to a ban on the film. After challenging the CBFC’s decision to give the film A, which the makers found unjustified as they claim that the content of their movie does not promote nudity, hatred, violence, gore or any such thing. The makers moved to FCAT first in November last year with a hearing in December and later in January this year.

Almost over a month ago, director Ashvin Kumar had to screen his NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR for the second time to find the right justice for his film’s certification for FCAT, the APEX body, which governs the final matters of certification of films in India.

FCAT has now after a month of its second screening given its final order on the film asking for a few changes including some cuts and disclaimers. However most importantly the FCAT has vindicated the filmmaker’s stand and found the movie applicable for a U/A certification order. However the decision currently remains upon the submission to CBFC to give the final certificate to the makers, which they’re positive the board will willingly pass and share.

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It is shockingly strange to find that initially CBFC refused to see the film for reason better known to them as per the source. However, Ashvin Kumar is finally ecstatic with the FCAT (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal) recommendation and shares, “ Keeping public away from information and truth is such a myopic policy. We must encourage films that tell the truth about Kashmir”.

NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR traces the love story of two young 16 year olds - Noor (Zara Webb) and Majid (Shivam Raina) who are in search for their fathers who have gone missing in the valley.