Actor-producer Suriya has tweeted his objection to the controversial draft Cinematograph Bill 2021, and has urged his followers to record their objections to the proposed changes to the law. Sharing a Google document link where people can register their comments against the bill, Suriya wrote, “Law is meant to protect the freedom of expression. It is not supposed to strangle its voice.”
Several actors and filmmakers of the Indian film industry have united against the draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which gives the Central government “revisionary powers” to re-examine or even recall certificates issued to films by the censor board. With the recent dissolution of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), the filmmakers will have to move High Courts with their grievances, which would add to their financial burden.
The draft bill was slammed by Kamal Haasan earlier last week. He had tweeted, “Cinema, media, and the literati cannot afford to be the three iconic monkeys of India.” He too urged people to raise their objections to protect “freedom and liberty” in the country.