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Gujarati filmmakers intensify protest against The Good Road

September 27, 2013


Sept. 27--A group of Gujarati filmmakers, film critics and musicians who have been protesting against the selection of small-budget Gujarati film The Good Road as India's official entry to Oscar 2014 in the 'Foreign Language Film' category has decided to intensify their agitation.

Gujarati movie producer Abhilash Ghoda, who has been spearheading the protests, has from his Facebook account invited the youth to join him in the mission 'Stop The Good Road for Oscar' and shot off a strongly-worded letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). While Ghoda, who has made four films, has been using the social media to hold out a threat to stage demonstrations in New Delhi as well as the country's cinematic capital, Mumbai, Gujarati film writer Vinay Dave's Facebook post spoke of the recent sit-in held near the Gandhi Ashram with a few pictures of the protesters.

In his missive to the CBFC, Ghoda has questioned the grounds on which which, he says, promotes child prostitution, was certified for public exhibition.

He wrote, "The board doesn't allow animals, smoking and drinking scenes and asks to put titles that 'It is not good for health.' Are the underage girl prostitution market scenes not injurious to social health?" According to him, the film brings out a false image of Gujarat and has been made with the deliberate intention to show the wrong image of Kutch and Gujarat.

Actor-director Deepak Antani said the film was the first Gujarati production to receive 'adult' certification due to the foul language used by various characters portraying a lost-and-found story around an eight-year-old boy.

"No Gujarati would ever make such a film. At a time when Amitabh Bachchan is the face of Gujarat tourism and Kutch is attracting tourists from all over, it is bad intention to put such a film on a pedestal. We are not proud of such a film going to the Oscars at all," said Antani. Surprisingly, though the local film-makers have been complaining that based on alleged child prostitution paints Gujarat in bad light, Chief Minister Narendra Modi Narendra had on Saturday congratulated the cast and crew of after it was chosen to represent India at the Oscars.

The film directed by newcomer Gyan Correa (42) and produced by the National Film Development Corporation is indeed, being described as a docu-drama and was little known till it won the National Award for the Best Feature Film (Gujarati) earlier this year. It did not run even for a week when it was released in multiplexes in the major cities of Gujarat in July. -


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